Almost universally portrayed as a villain in movies and books, does this view of William Bligh stand scrutiny today?


Bligh - Hero or Villain
challenges this popular narrative, looking beyond the Bounty mutiny to explore the many sides of this most infamous of maritime figures. Judge for yourself - this interactive and immersive exhibition is unlike anything you've ever experienced before. Step into Bligh's world - climb aboard a replica of the small boat Bligh and crew were set adrift in, see real breadfruit growing, cast your vote on whether you think Bligh was a 'hero' or 'villain' with a real-time voting system, and much more. 

This immersive exhibition will come to life before your eyes!

Feeling peckish? Enjoy lunch and a cocktail inspired by the incredible story of William Bligh at Yots cafe.

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ABC Radio: Dr Stephen Gapps, historian and curator from the Australian National Maritime Museum and Admiral Peter Briggs discuss Bligh's life

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