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NEWS: Restoring the Ratu Finau
NEWS: Restoring the Ratu Finau
NEWS: Lapita Find at Bua
NEWS: Lapita Find at Bua

Bula! Welcome to the Fiji Museum

Located in the heart of Suva’s Thurston Gardens, the 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 idea for a museum to display and preserve traditional Fijian culture was first discussed in 1904. Later that year Sir William Allardyce presented his collection to the Suva Town Board, and it was displayed in the Town Hall.

In 1908 the Fijian Society was formed with the specific aim of researching and preserving the country’s history and culture. The formation of a museum was included in this aim.

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Reference Library

The Fiji Museum maintains a Reference Library and Archive containing over 12,000 books, 11,000 photographs and other documents. The Reference Library and Archive has items not held in any other library in the world, including maps, old newspapers, oral history cassettes…

Venue & Exhibition Space Hire

The Fiji Museum hires out its large verandah for functions and events. Overlooking Thurston Gardens and with ample nearby parking, it is the ideal location for The verandah is available for hire during the day and in the evenings and can support a range of uses.


The Acquisitions Committee’s task is to ensure that the Museum is the right place for object(s) in question. The Fiji Museum’s internal process is a carefully considered one and can take more time than most people expect – anywhere from two to twelve months, and occasionally longer.