The Australian National Maritime Museum has today announced the suspension of the circumnavigation of Australia by the HMB Endeavour and the companion touring exhibition “Looking Back, Looking Forward”.
The Museum is currently considering options for other ways to mark the anniversary, including through its online program.
The Museum has suspended the program to ensure the health and safety of the public and voyage crew given the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“This decision was not taken lightly. After 4 years of planning, this is disappointing but it is necessary at this time. I trust the public will understand and hope they engage with our digital resources instead” Museum Director, Kevin Sumption said.
The Museum is currently liaising with the communities the ship was due to visit and this week will commence the process of providing refunds to the people who purchased tickets for the voyage.
The Endeavour replica remains an important part of the Museum’s fleet and further opportunities to share it with the people of Australia will be sought in the future.
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