The Fiji Museum was founded in 1904 in the old town hall but is now situated inside the famous Thurston Gardens.
The museum is divided into halls, with the most precious and historic items placed deeper within the display areas. The first hall displays traditional Fijian double hulled canoes called 'Druas' which are considered the most sea worthy of all sea voyaging canoes in Oceania. These canoes were once used by Fijian ancestors to travel from one place to another, from one island to another. They were also used for fishing and as battle ships as well in the early 1900s.
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.
The museum is also a research and educational institution, encouraging school field trips. It is open weekdays from 8.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday from 9am – 4.30pm and closed on Sunday. There is a small admission charge.
Take a walk through Thurston Gardens as a prelude to your museum experience. It has European plant and tree life in abundance, a legacy of Colonial times, and sections that display the vibrancy of indigenous tropical flora. Savor the peace and tranquility of these beautiful surroundings whilst inhaling the fragrances of full blown blossoms in contrast to the tangy, salty smell of the sea.