Our collections of artwork, manuscripts and rare books reflect a rich history of exploration into the natural world.
Whether motivated by commercial interests, colonial ambitions or scientific enquiry, these ambitious expeditions led to the discovery of new lands and curiosities.
The Museum collections include vast numbers of specimens, documents and artworks from James Cook's voyages.
Discover artwork from the penal colony established in New South Wales.
Captain Matthew Flinders’ voyage to Australia.
Darwin's five-year voyage of discovery off the coast of South America.
An ambitious voyage that proved life existed in the deep sea.
Exploration and collecting in the Americas.
Art collections from India and China dating back to the 18th century.
Ambitious expeditions to a remote, largely untouched continent.