Thurston Gardens and Fiji Museum, Suva

Thurston Gardens and Fiji Museum, Suva (must see)

Thurston Gardens, originally known as Suva Botanical Gardens, were established in 1913 on the site of the original village of Suva. The gardens were later renamed in honor of Sir John Bates Thurston, Fiji's fifth Governor. The site holds profound historical significance, as it occupies the grounds where the original town of Suva stood before a tragic event in 1843. In that year, Suva witnessed one of the bloodiest fights in Fiji's history, resulting in the burning of the town. The aftermath saw many inhabitants killed and consumed by the people of Rewa.

A prominent feature within Thurston Gardens is the Clock Tower and bandstand, erected in 1918 as a memorial to Suva's first mayor.

Within the verdant embrace of Thurston Gardens, the Fiji Museum finds its home. The museum, established in 1955, occupies a building on the Botanical Garden grounds. It boasts a remarkable collection, including archaeological materials dating back an impressive 3,700 years.

The Fiji Museum is the overseer of Thurston Gardens. While some structures and artifacts may appear in need of attention, the gardens continue to be a cherished space for the people of Suva. During the day, locals frequent the gardens, taking in the beauty of various palms, gingers, water lilies, and other indigenous flora.

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Sight Name: Thurston Gardens and Fiji Museum
Sight Location: Suva, Fiji (See walking tours in Suva)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Suva Introduction Walking Tour

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Located on the southeast coast of Viti Levu, the main island of the Republic of Fiji, Suva is the country's largest metropolitan area and primary port. Serving as the nation's political, economic, and cultural hub, it also holds significance as the economic and cultural capital of the South Pacific.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles