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"Voyages of Discovery"
1999-07-04 until 2000-05-01
The Natural History Museum, London
UK United Kingdom
The first ever exhibition on historical British sea voyages,
Voyages of Discovery opens to visitors on Sunday 4 July 1999
until the spring of 2000. Exploring the drama of these voyages
themselves and the extraordinary places, animals, plants and people
they encountered in distant and unknown lands, this exhibition
is the first of its kind to be staged at the Natural History Museum.
Revealing natural history treasures never seen by the public
before, the Museum literally opens up its vast collection of
botanical, entomological, geological and zoological specimens,
historical artworks, photographs, prints and drawings, all
collected on the voyages. Exhibits range from the exquisite
and scienitically accurate painting of a koala bear by artist
Fedinand Bauer, who travelled on the Investigator to Australia,
Amozonian fish drawings by Alfred Russel Wallace, the only
collections to survive the devastating fire which destroyed
his ship, to a photograph of an iceberg brought back from
the first oceanographic voyage by the Challanger in 1872-6.
Other unique specmens include the shiny, armoured Hercules
beetle collected by Joseph Banks, a pair of golden seahorses
painted by Bauer and the very cooking equipment used by Banks
on the Endeavour.