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Exploration and Endeavour: The Royal Society of London and the South Seas commemorated the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The exhibition brought together unique treasures associated with voyages of scientific discovery to the South Seas in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Exploration and Endeavour was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 15 September 2010 to 6 February 2011 in the Studio Gallery.

Explore the exhibition

About the exhibition Discover how this exhibition celebrated the Royal Society in its 350th anniversary year.
The Royal Society of London Learn how the Royal Society is closely entwined with the history of science since 1660.
Observations of New Holland Explore letters containing a detailed description of the Western Australian coast.
Science in the South Seas Discover how observing the transit of Venus furthered scientific knowledge.
Cook’s voyages to the Pacific Explore Cook's voyages to the Pacific onboard the HMB Resolution.
Cook and the Royal Society Learn about Cook's relationship with the Royal Society.
Science in the colony Discover the Royal Society's critical role in the establishment of the first European colony.
An enduring legacy Learn about the influence of the Royal Society on the colonies, and Australia today.
Objects Explore the stunning array of artefacts from the Royal Society, many of which had never before been seen in Australia.


The Exploration and Endeavour: The Royal Society of London and the South Seas exhibition was a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia and the Royal Society. The exhibition was also supported by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

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