Bligh: Hero or Villain?

A new exhibition challenging the popularly held stereotype of one of history’s most infamous figures.

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. Come and judge for yourself, but be prepared for some surprises!

“His contradictory character traits and the many parts he played during a life crowded with adventure – egocentric, dutiful, mercurial; hero in battle, victim of circumstance, loving father – will intrigue you and, just possibly, change your opinion of this complex figure forever.” – Dr Nigel Erskine, Head of Research, Australian National Maritime Museum, 2019.

The Bligh – Hero or Villain? ticket provides access to:

  • the exhibition
  • permanent galleries
  • Mini Mariners play space
  • 3D cinema, currently playing Earth Flight 3D.
  • special exhibitions
  • Action Stations, our navy immersive experience.
  • a fleet of ships – check out the submarine, destroyer and tall ship! For safety reasons, children have to be at least 90cm in height to board all vessels.
  • Kids on Deck,  activities, fun and learning for kids 12 and under
  • daily guided tours.



Every day, 9.30am to 5pm

Wednesday 7 August 2019 to Sunday 2 February 2020


Adult: $20.00
Concession (student/pensioner): $12.00
Child (4-15 years): $12.00
Child (under 4): Free
Family (2 adults + 3 children): $50.00
Big Ticket Adult: $32.00
Big Ticket Concession: $20.00
Big Ticket Child (4 -1 5 years): $20.00
Big Ticket Child (under 4): Free

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