Shackleton
Through February 6, 2000,
at Explorers Hall

In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton set out from England on a daring expedition—to cross the entire continent of Antarctica on foot, from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea. The expedition failed.

With their ship, the Endurance, trapped in ice, Shackleton and his men became castaways in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. Shackleton is ultimately most remembered for the unimaginable saga of survival that followed.

This exhibition presents more than 150 photographs of the ordeal, taken by ship photographer Frank Hurley, who dove into frigid waters to retrieve his glass-plate negatives from the sinking Endurance. This visual record is complemented by incredible film footage, rare color images, and artifacts from the journey—including diaries, Bibles, personal effects, and the James Caird, the lifeboat that carried Shackleton and five of his crew on an 800-mile (1,290-kilometer) journey from Antarctica’s Elephant Island to South Georgia island, near Argentina.

View images from the exhibition, courtesy of the Royal Geographical Society.

This exhibition was produced by the American Museum of Natural History. Please visit their Web site for more on the expedition.

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Related nationalgeographic.com material:
Map Machine: Antarctica
Scaling the Razor


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