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Exhibit goes deep inside Franklin Expedition


I paid a recent visit to the Anchorage Museum to take in the Death in the Ice exhibit, which explores the doomed Franklin Expedition that went in search of the Northwest Passage in 1845 and came to halt in the waters north of Canada, where all 129 men died, but not before the last survivors resorted to cannibalism. Their fate and the mysteries surrounding what happened have haunted history for over a century-and-a-half.

"The mysteries of the Franklin Expedition will never be completely solved, but the story on display at the Anchorage Museum remains as gripping as ever."

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