A visit to Fiji Museum
Tucked away in a quiet spot and overlooking Suva’s Thurston Gardens, the Fiji Museum houses a remarkable collection including archaeological finds dating over 3,700 years and indigenous, South Pacific and Fijian artefacts from the 1800s.
Located in the leafy oasis of Thurston Gardens, the Fiji Museum sits just beyond the bustle of Suva’s CBD.
Named for its founder and former Colonial Secretary at the time, Sir John Bates Thurston (an amateur botanist) this lovely English-style park, formerly known as the Botanical Gardens, moved to its current location in 1913. Here you can enjoy a collection of ornamental, timber, palm and fruit trees along with the entertainment of regular craft markets and local music festivals throughout the year.
The Museum is housed in a 70’s era building and sits on top of a small rise at the back of the Garden. Here you will discover fascinating relics and artefacts from Fiji’s pre-history dating back over 3,700 years to when Fiji was first settled. There is also a large collection of indigenous South Pacific and Fijian artefacts dating back some 200 years that were donated or purchased from private collections.
The Fiji Museum includes a prehistory gallery, Indo-Fijian gallery and an art gallery. There is also a masi (bark cloth) gallery and natural history gallery to browse through.
When you’ve had your fill of canoes, cannonballs and cannibal forks, be sure to check out the small gift shop where you can pick up miniature artefacts or Fiji history books. There’s also an excellent little cafe on the Museum’s verandah where you can enjoy hot beverages and a bite to eat.
The Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
Entry fees are FJD $10 for adults and FJD $5 for children (under 12 years).