Death in the Ice

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  • Date: Sep 17, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019
    Recurring daily
  • Admission: Included with museum admission
  • Location: Anchorage Museum

Explore the enduring mystery behind Sir John Franklin’s tragic expedition in the Canadian Arctic. Franklin, his two ships and 129 men left Britain in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage through the Arctic, never to return.

This most enduring of mysteries leapt back into the headlines in 2014 with the discovery of Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus, then two years later with the discovery of HMS Terror, each incredibly well preserved at depths of less than one hundred feet. Dives aboard the wrecks are rapidly changing our understanding of what befell Franklin’s expedition.

This exhibition pulls together the strands of this epic history. Included are expedition materials from London along with Inuit culture and knowledge that led to the wrecks’ discoveries from Canada, and artifacts raised from HMS Erebus. This exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with Parks Canada Agency and London's National Maritime Museum, in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and the Inuit Heritage Trust.

Image courtesy National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection

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