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September 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 28, 2018

$10 - $15

Photo credit: The wreck of the ‘Endurance’ by Frank Hurley, 1915 © RGS-IBG


Escape from Antarctica: Bowers Presents the Ultimate Story of Survival

Exhibition details one of the greatest photographic records of human survival and climate change in Antarctica

 Santa Ana, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2017) – The Bowers Museum, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), is pleased to announce the US debut of Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley.  Endurance details the heroic tale of survival by renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27-man crew in their attempt to be the first to cross Antarctica (1914-1917), as captured by noted photographer, Frank Hurley. These stunning and rare photographs reveal one of the greatest photographic records of human survival in history.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the expeditionEndurance presents more than 60 newly digitized photos in stunning resolution, revealing previously unseen details of the crew’s 2-year epic struggle for survival after their ship was destroyed by ice. Bowers Museum’s Endurance marks the first time Hurley’s photos will be on display in this resolution and size. The dramatic photographs will be accompanied by platinum prints – one of the oldest, rarest, most refined and stable of all black and white photographic printing processes – along with some of the original navigation tools, excerpts from the crew’s diaries and some of their most treasured possessions.

This exhibit also includes the Alexandra Shackleton, the life-size recreation of Shackleton’s lifeboat the James Caird, which present day adventurer Tim Jarvis used to duplicate Shackleton’s 800-mile journey across the open sea, eventually leading to the rescue of his entire crew, three years after they set sail from England. Immerse yourself in the Antarctic’s icy and forbidding landscape through dramatic photos, personal objects and the ever-present sound of cracking ice, bringing the historic, geographic, and scientific significance of this journey to our 21st-century audiences.

Endurance will be on view from September 30, 2017 through January 28, 2018. This timely exhibit will open with a lecture by Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, the granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton and spokesperson for the exhibition, and feature talks with global experts on climate change and glaciology, leadership, and photography.

Tickets can be purchased at www.bowers.org.

“I grew up with the magnificent photographs of Frank Hurley.  Now digitised for the wonderful Endurance  exhibition , I can see details  new to me.

I am confident that the Bowers  Museum will produce a splendid interpretation of this great legacy of survival.”

― Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton


This exhibition has been made possible by the Donald E. and Dorothy Kennedy Fund. Originally presented in the UK by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) as the Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley. Originating sponsors: The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, British Antarctic Territory, Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, Picturae and Rolex UK.

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The Bowers Museum has earned an international reputation through its world‐class exhibitions, including A Quest for Beauty: Van Cleef & ArpelsWarriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring LegacyTerra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First EmperorSecrets of the Silk Road; and Mummies–Death and the Afterlife: Treasures from the British Museum, as well as its own extensive art collections from the Americas and the South Pacific. Additionally, the Bowers’ Kidseum, located one block south of the main museum, offers a high-tech and interactive focus on its new mission of “Igniting Imagination through Exploration” spotlighting the excitement of art and archaeology.


Enjoy a leisurely luncheon at our award‐winning restaurant, Tangata. Outdoor seating is also available, overlooking the Bowers’ historic mission-style courtyard from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse the rare and exotic at the Bowers Museum Gallery Store. It’s more than just a shopping trip—it’s a cultural experience.


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( W I T H   T H E   I N S T I T U T E   O F   B R I T I S H   G E O G R A P H E R S )


The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography. Formed in 1830 for ‘the advancement of geographical science,’ today RGS-IBG delivers this objective through developing, supporting and promoting geographical research, expeditions and fieldwork, education, public engagement, and geography input to policy. RGS-IBG aims to foster an understanding and informed enjoyment of our world. RGS-IBG holds the world’s largest private geographical collection and provides public access to it. RGS-IBG has a thriving Fellowship and membership and offers the professional accreditation ‘Chartered Geographer.’ www.rgs.org



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