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Fiji Museum

Fiji Museum

Fiji Museum

Fiji Museum (Cakobau Road, Suva) — Fiji Museum holds a remarkable collection, which includes archaeological material dating back 3,700 years and cultural objects representing both Fiji’s indigenous inhabitants and the other communities that have settled in the island group over the past 200 years. The Museum is a statutory body governed by the Fiji Museum Act and the Preservation of Objects of Archaeological and Palaeontological Interest Act.

The current museum was opened in 1955 by the Governor of Fiji, Sir Ronald Garvey. This building was used to house the displays, reserve collection and provide storage. Today the building has two adjoining sections, the first constructed in 1972 and the second in 1978. Together, these buildings provide a history gallery, masi gallery, art gallery, Indo-Fijian gallery, temporary exhibition space, store rooms and gift shop. The archives, photographic studio, editing suite, library and administration offices are located in what was the Nawela Hostel for women, adjacent to the main museum building.

Also displayed at the museum is a whole variety of Indian historic items from the time of when the first indentured laborers came to Fiji from India. It provides a rich textual and pictorial proof of how life was in the early years. Historic items such as broken jewelry, photos and other things used are displayed there. These provide a rich and educational concept of the lives of both Fijians and Indians in the early years of time.

Admission: FJ$7 (adult), FJ$5 (children up to 15 years old). Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Monday – Thursday, Saturday), 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (Friday), closed on Sundays.