Pandora

HMS Pandora was the British Royal Navy warship dispatched to the South Pacific in pursuit of the infamous Bounty mutineers. Today, the mutiny on the Bounty remains one of the best-known stories in the history of seafaring.

Few, however, are aware of the epic story of the Pandora and the extraordinary efforts of the Royal Navy to recover the “pirated” Bounty, and bring the mutineers to justice. Today Pandora remains as one of the most significant shipwrecks in the Southern Hemisphere.  

Visitors will be captivated by the story of the ill-fated Pandora and should allow at least an hour to enjoy this intriguing exhibition.

Things to see and do:

  • Visit the scene of panic inside ‘Pandora’s Box’, the cramped wooden cell on the quarterdeck where three prisoners are attempting to escape the rising waters as the ship sinks.
  • See incredible Polynesian artefacts, and learn about the interactions and exchanges between the Pandora crew and Islanders from Polynesia and Tonga.
  • Learn how, through careful analysis, artefacts excavated from the wreck are able to be linked to particular individuals on board the ship.                          
  • See rare and exquisitely conserved objects restored to their former glory, such as the fireplace from the Captain’s cabin and the fob watch owned by Pandora’s surgeon Dr George Hamilton.
  • Learn about the three sets of human remains discovered in the wreck, and the science behind trying to discover their identities.
  • Watch the story of the nine Queensland Museum expeditions to the Pandora wreck site and gain an insight into how the wreck was excavated over a 20 year period.
  • Dig deeper into the story of Pandora with guided tours daily at 11am and 1.30pm. Tours are included with admission and run every day outside public and school holidays.

Visit our Museum Shop online and in store for Pandora books and souvenirs.

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