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Covering a third of the earth, the Pacific is home to vibrant and diverse cultures that speak a quarter of the world’s languages.

Our Pacific Collection represent these living cultures with thousands of artworks, cultural technologies and archaeological material from across Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

We work closely with communities from across the Pacific region to maintain and interpret our collections and promote greater understanding of Pacific cultures. This ensures our collections maintain a vital connection with contemporary communities and living cultures. Repatriation is a common and welcome practice for the Museum back to Pacific nations.

Our collections are also the foundation for wide-ranging research encompassing the material culture, history and archaeology of the Pacific. Our primary focus is on the Melanesian nations of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Visitors can view a remarkable selection of masks, ceremonial poles, carvings, instruments and jewellery in the Pacific Spirit exhibition on Level 2.

See highlights from our Pacific collections below.


Collection highlights