8 April – 11 October 2020 | Free entry
The voyage of James Cook’s Endeavour changed the world forever. It is a story that lies at the very core of Australia’s history. This exhibition takes you on a journey, travelling on board the ship with Cook and for the first time hearing the stories from those on the shore. By looking honestly at our past, we have the chance to join together and imagine a shared future.
Cook’s voyage transformed European knowledge of the globe and its peoples through scientific endeavour and extraordinary navigational feats. History has remembered him as an unrivalled seaman and leader.
The land revealed to Europeans was already home to peoples whose history stretched back continuously for more than 65,000 years. They made up many nations, each with their own laws, language and distinctive cultures.
Until now, their voices have been largely unheard and unregarded in Australia’s foundational narrative.
This exhibition invites us to listen carefully to all perspectives and to consider the stories of the people of the shore, as well as those on board the ship.
Encounters between both sides were by turns, confronting and conciliatory. But these are our stories, the stories of this country, its peoples and its history, and in this exhibition they are told from all perspectives for the first time.
At the heart of the exhibition is an immersive film experience which invites all Australians to imagine how it would have felt to be in the moment when two worlds came face to face.