Thurston Gardens and Fiji Museum, Suva (must see)
The Fiji Museum, which is adjacent to the east end of the park, was founded on a collection presented to the Suva Town Board by former Gov. William Allardyce in 1904.
Among the exhibits are collections of war clubs, ivory necklaces, cannibal forks, spears, bowls, pottery, tools, cooking utensils, combs, and a replica of a huge drua, an ancient, double-hulled canoe. One of the war clubs, used in battle, has several notches chiseled in it, each representing an enemy slain.
The rear of the museum is dedicated to the arrival of European and U.S. sailing vessels, highlighting the bêche-de-mer, whaling and sandalwood eras. There is also an exhibit illustrating the saga of the Indian indenture period, and the infamous blackbirding trade that brought Micronesians and Melanesians to Fiji. In addition, you’ll see actual relics from the legendary HMS Bounty. There is also a superb collection of old masi (tapa bark cloth) in an air-con room.
Monday-Thursday, Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday 9:30 – 4 pm
The Ginger Café, on the Museum’s deck, is a wonderful place to take a break and congratulate yourself for completing the walking tour. It’s a great spot to chill if you’re waiting to catch a cab back to your hotel.
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles