The free exhibition ‘CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS Man’s great adventure of discovery (1906–1990)’ is a display of some of the museum’s permanent collection, not fully available to the public as it counts thousands of pieces.
The showcase shows the frontiers of exploration from the 20th century to the present: summits, space and the depths of the earth. In other words, the last geographical frontiers probed by professional explorers during a period – from the early decades of the 20th century to the present – when the land mass had already been mapped by 19th-century pioneers.
The permanent collection of the MUDEC Museum of Cultures is closely linked to the history of exploration: in the 1800s, the aim was to map the world’s drylands, whereas, since the early 1900s, individual explorers have travelled the world in search of cultural and social experiences. The only exception is the exploration of mountain summits, of space, of the abyss, and of caves, which remains the prerogative of professional explorers. Through the museum’s collection of photos, films and memorabilia from famous expeditions, the public is given a complete overview of how the concept of exploration evolved during the last century.
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