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  • Permanent exhibition
    Daily from 9.30am–5pm
  • Time to visit
    We recommend 1 hour to experience everything
  • Tickets
    General admission, no bookings required
  • Food with a view
    Visit our cafe on Level 4

Covering a third of the earth, the Pacific Ocean is home to diverse people that speak a quarter of the world’s languages.

This gallery celebrates and showcases these vibrant Pacific cultures through the skill, creativity and spiritual complexity shown in their ceremonial objects, artworks, and everyday items.

See the ghostly masks of the Asaro Mudmen, ceremonial poles from New Ireland, and Bird of Paradise headwear from the highlands of Papua New Guinea, alongside intricately carved door panels from New Zealand, towering slit drums from Vanuatu and delicate jewellery from Fiji. Each of these objects is a celebration of living cultures that continue to thrive in contemporary Pacific societies, including here in Sydney.

The Australian Museum works closely with communities around the Pacific and with Pacific migrant communities in Australia to nurture this collection and shape its exhibitions and programs.

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