What's on

11 June 2021 – 20 June 2021

Cooktown & Cape York Expo

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22 June 2020 – 31 December 2025

Under Southern Skies

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2 June 2020 – 26 April 2021

Endeavour Voyage: the untold stories of Cook and the First Australians

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Undiscovered: Photographic Works by Michael Cook

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NLA Cook and the Pacific exhibition

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Under Southern Skies

Exhibition
Free
2 Murray Street Sydney, 2000

Visit the new gallery that explores the story of navigation and voyaging around Australia. From the observation of the transit of Venus, to the importance of the night sky in Torres Strait Islander navigation and voyaging – planets and stars unite the long history of all navigators around Australia.

 

Image: Constellation by Gail Mabo, 2014. © Gail Mabo / Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2019 ANMM Collection 00054564

Cooktown & Cape York Expo

Expo
Free
TBC

Cooktown & Cape York expo 2021 - cooktownexpo.com.au

Visit the Cooktown & Cape York Expo – The Rising Tide, which will be held from 11 – 20 June 2021, and will focus on ‘reconciliation, regeneration and economic recovery’, putting a spotlight on the history, adventure, culture and natural beauty of Cooktown and Cape York. The ten-day expo will kick off with the free Reconciliation Rocks music festival – featuring artists such as Busby Marou, Troy Cassar-Daley and Mau Power – followed by a week-long regional showcase and business expo, and finishing with the much-anticipated Discovery Festival weekend.

Poster for Cooktown and Cape York expo 2021 - The Rising Tide, 11 - 20 June 2021

Discover Endeavour

Online
Free
Online

Dive into Endeavour archives at the National Library of Australia. There is a treasure trove of books, images, journals, articles, maps and much more about Captain Cook, HMB Endeavour and the story of the voyage to Australia.

Virtual Endeavour

Online
Free
Online

Take a virtual tour of replica ship, HMB Endeavour—the vessel James Cook sailed on his first Pacific voyage. Explore each deck of the ship and learn what life was like on-board.

Undiscovered: Photographic Works by Michael Cook

Online
Free
Online

See this series of works that questions who really ‘discovered’ Australia while making reference to what was always here, what has been introduced and the impact it had on who was already here.

 

Image: Undiscovered #9. © Michael Cook, ANMM Collection 00054256, reproduced courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and licenced for use by the Museum

NLA Cook and the Pacific exhibition

Online
Free
Online

The exhibition may be closed but you can still follow James Cook’s three remarkable Pacific voyages online. With a number of key elements available online you can navigate and explore through the eyes of the British voyagers and the First Nations peoples they met. 

 

The Florilegium and Parliament House

Online
Free
Online

Australian Parliament House and its grounds are filled with artistic expressions of Australia’s history, culture and landscape.

This online experience gives you a unique opportunity to explore in fine detail the exquisite artworks associated with Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium, an extraordinary documentation of the plant life of the east coast of Australia, collected by Banks on the Endeavour’s Pacific voyage (1768 to 1771). 

Artworks include the marquetry panels in the Parliament House Marble Foyer and the Florilegium itself, held in the Parliament House Art Collection. The high-resolution imagery will let you explore the works as never before, while highlighting relationships between the Florilegium, Parliament House and original specimens collected by Banks along the east coast of Australia.