Bligh - Hero or Villain? Manipulated Portrait of Rea-Admiral William Bligh. Courtesy of National Library of Australia.

Gala Opening Night: Bligh - Hero or Villain?

Join us for an exclusive gala evening like nothing you've experienced before!

Join us for a very special gala evening as the Australian National Maritime Museum opens its latest exhibition Bligh – Hero or Villain?

Enjoy exclusive early access to our new groundbreaking exhibition on one of history's most divisive characters. Explore a rum garden by Sydney’s only rum distiller Brix and enjoy a selection of specially created rum cocktails, experience live traditional Polynesian tattooing and specially-curated Polynesian-themed canape menu, music by The Bottlers, intimate tours of the exhibition with the curator including immersive experiences that put you at the centre of the drama... and so much more. This immersive exhibition will come to life before your eyes!

William Bligh’s life was extraordinary. An officer of the Royal Navy, a survivor of a brutal mutiny at sea, and a Governor of NSW who caused an infamous military coup that became known as the Rum Rebellion – Australia’s only military overthrow of a government. 

Come and judge for yourself. With a rum cocktail in hand of course!*

When: Friday 02 August 2019 |  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Cost: General $100 / Members $50
*This is a strictly over 18's only event


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