Exhibition

Lessons from the Arctic

How Roald Amundsen won the Race to the South Pole

Lessons from the Artic. How Roald Amundsen won the Race to the South Pole

This panel exhibition of images and personal accounts reveals how, exploring some of the lessons Amundsen learnt from earlier experience in both polar regions.

  • STEP BACK IN TIME

    In December 1911 Roald Amundsen planted the Norwegian flag at the South Pole, just weeks ahead of fellow polar explorer, Britain’s Robert Falcon Scott, approaching by another route. The tragic loss of the lives of Scott’s team is well-known. In contrast, how did Amundsen succeed? 

    This panel exhibition of images and personal accounts reveals how, exploring some of the lessons Amundsen learnt from earlier experience in both polar regions.   

    Many of the images have never been displayed before. They were taken by the expedition crew, hand-coloured by Amundsen and used in his lecture series of 1912. See what the public saw in those heady days of icy exploration. Fascinating and fresh, this exhibition will surprise and delight.

    Exhibition Partners

    Created by THE FRAM MUSEUM, Norway

    Sponsored by Royal Norwegian Embassy Canberra

    TICKET INFORMATION

    The exhibition is on in the Museum’s Vaughan Evans Library, Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre.

    Open 10.00 - 4pm, from 1 March - 30 June 2017

    March - open Monday - Friday.
    April/May/June - open Monday to Wednesday. 

    Included in the Free Galleries Ticket.

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    Amundsen’s first meeting with the Netsilik Inuit at Gjøahaven, his Arctic base for the Northwest Passage expedition, October 1903 photographer unidentified, reproduced courtesy The Fram MuseumInuit trading at Gjøahaven, Nunavut, 1904 or 1905, photographer Godfred Hansen, reproduced courtesy The Fram MuseumRoald Amundsen portrait taken in Oslo, late 1906 - early 1907, photographer Anders Beer Wilse, reproduced courtesy The Fram MuseumRoald Amundsen with King Haakon VII and Queen Maud on board Fram in Kristiania Harbour [now Oslo], in front of the Akershus Fortress, 2 June 1910, photographer Anders Beer Wilse, reproduced courtesy The Fram MuseumRoald Amundsen with his favourite dog Pan, a St Bernard, near his home at Svartskog, June 1910, photographer Anders Beer Wilse, reproduced courtesy The Fram MuseumFram in the Trade winds, 1910,  photographer unidentified, reproduced courtesy The Fram MuseumFram in the Bay of Whales during the South Pole expedition, January 1911, photographer unidentified, reproduced courtesy The Fram Museum