Special Notice:  due to the closure of the Museum in 2020 and late reopening this year, this important exhibition is extended for the 2021 season. 

The Celebrated Mr Banks: reputation and legacy 

What did it mean to be a celebrity in the 18th century? 

Cook’s first voyage launched Joseph Banks on a career which took him to the top of the world of science and learning. He never travelled to the Pacific again, but how did he become a globally recognised figure? 

Why should we remember Banks in connection with Australian wool, the transplantation of breadfruit, the development of tea in India or the growth of gardening and horticulture? 

Our exhibition explores how Banks’ reputation grew and some of the legacies of his long life.