Shackleton Exhibition Text
by AMNH on
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
This exhibition documents one of the greatest tales of survival in expedition history: the dramatic, near-fatal expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914. When the ship Endurance became trapped in pack ice, the crew was stranded on the ice and on a desolate island for 18 months. Sections describe the expedition step-by-step, life on the ice, care of sledge dogs, and Shackleton's extraordinary leadership qualities. Segments explain celestial navigation, the nature of ice, and the history of Antarctic exploration provide context for an unforgettable tale of humanity, courage, leadership, and endurance.