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.

See highlights from our Pacific collections below.

Collection highlights

Wansolmoana - One Salt Ocean

Experience the diverse and dynamic cultures of Pasifika peoples through stories and objects from across the region in our new Pasifika Gallery at the Australian Museum.

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