National Geographic Museum Announces Race to the End of the Earth Exhibition

The National Geographic Museum in Washington presents Race to the End of the Earth a new exhibition on view May 25, 2011 – August 21, 2011.

One hundred years ago, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and British Royal Navy Captain Robert Falcon Scott competed to be the first to reach the South Pole. Take a journey with their expedition teams as they face Antarctica’s extreme weather conditions, the risk of starvation, frostbite, the hazards of getting lost, and the limits of human endurance. Examine photographs, historical artifacts, vivid dioramas, and interactive exhibits to discover how Amundsen and Scott prepared for their polar journeys and how they met, or were defeated by, the numerous hurdles they faced.

”Race to the End of the Earth” is partly a presentation of a true-life adventure story and partly a display of classic and modern methods of polar travel, science, and technology. But overall it is a celebration of what motivates us as humans to go out to explore and understand our world,” explains lead curator Ross MacPhee of New York’s American Museum of Natural History.

The exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France, and the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.Nationally generous support has been provided by the Government of the United Kingdom and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ANT 0636639. Local support has been provided by Amtrak.

Exhibition website:

National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C., US
Telephone: +1 202 857 7588

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