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Voyage of Discovery: Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium

Banksia print from Banks Florilegium

About the exhibition

Art and science collide in our celebration of Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium, an extraordinary documentation of the plant life of the east coast of Australia, undertaken on the Endeavour’s Voyage of Discovery.

The exhibition coincides with the 250th anniversary year of the Endeavour expedition to Australia, the International Year of Plant Health and National Science Week. 

To comply with COVIDSafe measures, bookings are essential for visits to Parliament House.

The exhibition will run from 18 August until 8 November 2020 and forms part of the free guided tour of Parliament House. Alternatively, you may wish to see the exhibition as part of the paid-for art and furniture collections guided tour.

To enrich your experience of the exhibition or if you’re unable to visit us, you can go online to discover connections between Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium, the original specimens collected on the Endeavour voyage and architectural features in Parliament House. 

Image: Detail from Banks' Florilegium, Banksia serrata (Proteaceae), 1983. Line engraving by Gabriel Smith (1724-1783) after Sydney Parkinson (c.1745-1771) and John Frederick Miller (1759-1796) Courtesy of Parliament House Art Collection, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra, ACT. © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum and Alecto

Tuesday 18 August to Sunday 8 November 2020 

Free, bookings essential

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