NEWS AND UPDATES - Archive 2012  


Museum of Samoa Photo: Students celebrate workshops
Museum and Children Celebrate
Written By Museum of Samoa (Lumepa Apelu)

20 faithful children from Leifiifi Primary school enjoyed a fun loving celebration at the Museum of Samoa on the afternoon of Thursday 23rd November. The celebration was to earmark the end of the year for school and the end of the educational workshops held weekly at the museum to increase awareness on cultural arts and themes. The children had been consistently attending the workshops held at the museum throughout the year.

The aim of the workshops is to promote and preserve our cultural heritage through innovative ways of learning that children can respond to favorably. Each week, after school they learn how to draw/trace Samoa’s artifacts showcased in the museum. They also learn the Samoan language and its legends through story-telling, painting, weaving etc under the guidance and expertise of the museum educational senior officer, Mainifo Viliamu who is often assisted by her colleague Ailini Eteuati.
For the first time since the workshops started at the museum, the children were given a room filled with party goodies for their enjoyment. The party was made possible with the help of esteemed humanitarian business woman Fiti Leung Wai, Managing Director of Samoa Stationery & Books. Fiti was delighted to assist the museum’s cultural workshops as an advocate of culture and education herself. Along with Mrs Leug Wai’s support, the Archo-Chemical company was also a supporter of the important initiative.

While the museum staff congratulate the children for making the kids’ workshops program a successful one this year, they also look forward to enhancing the program given the children’s feedback. It is also hoped that the museum staff and volunteers will be able to travel to the villages soon to reach the children who cannot afford to visit the museum. Other plans include local and international Samoan artists who are willing to contribute to their community here by utilizing their talents to lead classes for children and adults.

Earlier this year, schools such as Lefaga College, Wesley College, St Joseph’s College, Vaiala Beach School, Samoa Primary School, Pesega College, Maluafou College, Leifiifi College, Sauniatu Primary, NUS Tourism Class, APTC, and many others took advantage of the tours at the museum. The museum also hopes to enhance these with the inclusion of its volunteers who consist of local experts who offer their voluntary time to contribute to educational and cultural initiatives.


The Museum of Samoa is an entity of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture. You may view more on our website: http//www.museumofsamoa.ws/  If you wish to be a friend of the museum please send us an e-mail or call us at 26036.

Samoa Talks about Safeguarding Culture
By Lumepa Apelu

Tasked with a mission to protect and uphold our intangible heritage, the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, in partnership with UNESCO, hosted the second round of public consultations on the “Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention 2003” in Savaii and Upolu this week.

Mesc Photo: Savaii participants at Salelologa
According to the UNESCO Convention 2003, The “intangible cultural heritage” means “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity. “

Efforts by several nations prior to the convention brought the UNESCO at the apex of such an important initiative towards sustaining the fading arts and skills of traditional cultures.
Samoa follows suit with other Pacific Islands as the need to keep up with the ever advancing civilization also presses for each and every cultural community to embrace their identities which are carved in all of their cultural traditions and spaces.

Nearly two hundred participants, consisting of village representatives/ sui o nu’u of both Savaii and Upolu, contributed to the intense discussions pertaining to the relevance and importance of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for Samoa. The consultations were implemented as a result of a workshop held earlier this year on the endorsement of the convention.

The honorable Minster of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (MESC), Magele Mauiliu Magele, spoke of the tidal wave of changes that we are facing as a small nation with a unique but dynamic and living culture. Being alert to the incoming changes and taking charge of our traditional customs, skills and spaces, with an open, patient and wise mind was the gist of the honorable Minister’s key note address. The honorable Minister also acknowledged the assistance from UNESCO Apia office and commended the all-local members of the ICH working group who facilitated the consultations. He concluded his speech by wishing well thoughts upon the participants in their endeavor displaying Samoa’s proactive involvement in securing our cultural heritage.

A remarkable response from the unified participants indicated the overall concern of Samoans about their traditional knowledge and crafts. It was unanimously agreed amongst the participants from Savaii and Upolu that the protecting and upholding of our cultural heritage are explicitly required now.

Some of the cultural traditions and skills requiring revival, strengthening and sustaining highlighted by the enthusiastic participants included: the art of navigation; the art of building a fale Samoa; that of building canoes; the rekindling of the oral history of Samoa; the art of composing song and rhymes; weaving and carving; social customs and behavior; tattooing; siapo and elei making; etc.

While the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture is the key agency for Culture in Samoa, other government agencies such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, (MNRE) Samoa Tourism Authority ( STA), Ministry of Women and some NGOs, are also tasked to safeguard our intangible cultural heritage and reasonably so.

The Culture Division of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture is composed of the units - Culture Awareness, Archives, Audio Visual and Museum of Samoa. In a matter of weeks, the team will be showcasing cultural workshops at the Museum of Samoa where some of the skills and traditional knowledge mentioned will be the highlights of these workshops.

The participants, representing the people of Samoa’s united voice, confirmed the need to ratify the 2003 UNESCO Convention. It is now up to the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture to carry amongst other important initiatives the challenge of achieving such a vital purpose for Samoa.


Museum of Samoa photo: Launch of the Play at the Museum of Samoa
The Museum of Samoa Comes to Life
 Written by Lumepa Apelu – Principal Officer, Museum of Samoa

‘I’ does not exist. I am not. My self belongs not to me because ‘I’ is always ‘we’, is a part of the ‘aiga’ …a part of the nu’u, a part of Samoa. (Sia Figiel, where we once belonged)

These award winning lines, published 16 years ago, brought to the feet of an audience of 500 odd people the reminder of our living culture when a play that was locally assembled by our own artists was hosted at the Museum of Samoa from the 24th to the 29th of September. For the play to be realized, The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture and the National University of Samoa joined hands to make it happen by supporting the Ivilasi Films’ production featuring all Samoan actors and actresses. The business and church community was remarkably supportive also.

The launch of the play was held on Tuesday evening outside the Museum at Malifa. In her keynote address, and in her capacity as acting CEO of MESC, Mrs Doreen Roebeck Tuala stated that the “ Ministry of Education Sports and Culture is ever pressing for avenues to promote and preserve our cultural heritage through education. This play is an addition to the support administered by the Ministry to the artists and art of our country, whether they are of traditional or contemporary form. “

Mrs Tuala also commended the Ivilasi Films’ cast and crew for bringing the business community, diplomats from foreign countries and the government and church leaders to celebrate our culture through art and in a very suitable place, the Museum of Samoa which is here to remind us of the importance of such “undervalued initiatives.”

Upon introducing the content of the play, the Vice Chancellor of the National University of Samoa, Professor Le’apai Tu’ua ‘Ilaoa Asofou So’o, stated that all Samoans are natural actors. He spoke of the Samoan person’s daily life requiring him or her to play several roles in his or her community. Acting, according to the professor is inborn to all Samoans due to their way of life.

The spiritual father of the opening ceremony, Reverend Pastor Talomua Mona, embraced the opening with the reminder that all human talents are God given.
After a 6 day performance, crowds of cheering and inspired fans marveled at the creativity and abilities of the artists. Even more surprising was how the small spaced room of the Museum of Samoa was made to look bigger than it truly is. Through the commotion, the Museum of Samoa was no longer a lonely old house in Malifa but was made to live culture alongside its audience and artists.

Where ‘we’ once belonged represents the dynamic fusion of Samoan literature with contemporary theater, bringing together some of Samoa’s most prolific voices, and ushering in a storytelling revolution. Staying close to esteemed Samoan born writer, Sia Figiel’s script, Fiona Collins (director) was the master talent behind the stage setting, the casting, script rewriting to fit performance and directing. Ivilasi Films Producer Lealaitagomoa Dionne Fonoti, was amazed at the spectacular responses from the audience each night. Face-book comments from several locals showed humbling support for the production. Sarona Mona, (Stage manager), Rosa Filoi (Publicist) and Asolelei Toalapai aka Twin (Lights manager) did their team proud with their upbeat attitude towards the whole fiasco business of bringing a ‘play’ together. The journey was an amazing discovery of determination and creativity combined.

The Museum of Samoa, if it was a person, would have applauded loudly from its static rooms of minute but significant displays representing in somber cases Samoa’s history and culture. Instead, tears and embraces from one audience member to another and to the cast and crew of the play were sure signs that the Museum had come to life, as giants do, through our people’s art.

The actors of the play were excellently selected by Fiona Collins. The talented actors poured their energies into the play winning inspirational, encouraging and spectacular feedback from the crowd.  Knowing that there is such growing talent in Samoa is something no less than “beautiful” to write about. The list of the memorable cast:

Alofa Filiga....................................Meranita Tufue
Filiga Filiga....................................Ioata Tanielu
Pisa Filiga.....................................Shanti Wong Sin-Tausisi
Tausi Filiga...................................Alo Silia Finau Pausisi
Siniva Filiga..................................Papalii Momoe von Reiche
Iona Filiga.....................................Erosi Koria
Moa..............................................Nofoitumua Uelese
Lili.................................................Lenita Helina Faumuina
Lealofi Samuelu...........................Eddie Gafo

The production has initiated further interest from professional artists in the community who are willing to hold art workshops for both adults and children at the Museum of Samoa. The play has certainly acted as a catalyst to the interest of people towards the Museum’s cultural initiatives.

As credit should go, where credit is due, Sia Figiel should be applauded again for her award winning book that has been rekindled in her home land in the name of Performing Arts by her own pals and colleagues Dionne and Fiona. Such a united effort in promoting our culture and arts is home to the Museum of Samoa’s existing functions.

 Some of the Museum’s functions are:
  • - It acts as a repository of knowledge about the Samoan material and intangible culture, and its environment
  • - serves to interpret, preserve and promote the material and intangible culture of Samoa and its neighboring island nations
  • -  promotes the importance of preservation and conservation of the natural environment of Samoa to its people
  • -  establishes the importance of spreading knowledge about Samoa’s material and intangible culture through school curriculum, cultural tourism, and advocacy.
  • -  alerts people to issues relating to Samoa’s cultural heritage such as monuments in peril, fading skills of navigation, handicrafts, sinnet weaving etc
  •   - serves to expand and acts as a source of such knowledge by means of research – i.e working with relevant universities, related organizations, members of the general public
  • - collaborates with other museums worldwide and international organizations to further enhance its purposes and objectives inclined to benefit Samoa’s cultural developments
There is no cover charge to visit the Museum of Samoa but donations are welcomed. For updated information please visit the Museum’s website: http://www/museumofsamoa.ws/ or call us on 26036.

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LATEST NEWS:  The play will hold a matinee on Saturday 29th, commencing at 2pm, due to high demand from guests.

TEARS AND HISTORY UNITE US

 “..He is one who has the interests of the country and the well-being of all her people at heart…” ( Cyclopedia of Samoa) Dr Erich Schultz, was the last governor of Samoa during the German rule that ended in 1914.
Situated on the left bottom corner of one of the frames in the temporary photo exhibition inside the Museum of Samoa is a minute marked memory of a thin but sophisticated man with a distinctively large character. The letter which is used to showcase his memory is written in Samoan and he is asking the matais, in his capacity as Chief Justice to help with matters of the law by protecting Samoa’s reputation not only to Germany but to the rest of the world.
The Museum in its humble efforts to deliver/display on a silver platter the engraved names and significant artifacts and historical pieces it houses, tries again fervently, to show a little of the hidden light within these old but somewhat “enriching” rooms.
Museum of Samoa photo:
Aniva and her husband with Ailini, Lumepa and Mainifo of the Museum of Samoa.
Dr Erich Shultz whose grand-daughter Mrs Aniva Leffman was mentioned in the Samoa Observer (by someone else, not us but important regardless of who mentions who) was/is also a man worth recalling. To the Samoa of the early 1900’s, Dr Schultz, was highly respected.  When his grand-daughter Aniva visited us at the museum, we felt through her embracive spirit, the admiration, protectiveness and awe which her late grand-father must have held deeply for Samoa.
Aniva’s visit to the museum in June this year was to rejuvenate the donation she presented to the people of Samoa through the Honorable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Soliai Sailele Malielegaoi. Aniva ‘s Samoan name is part of her heritage link to her late grand-father’s love for Samoa. The donated documents (in German language) contain information of the involvement of her late grand-father in Samoa’s governance during the colonial years under the German regime.  Aniva was happy to go through the documents with the staff of the Museum as she shared memories of her late grandfather with us. A translation of the documents into English and Samoan is in progress.
Dr Erich Schultz was initially appointed to be the Chief Justice of Samoa in 1901. He was a fluent speaker of the Samoan language and his knowledge of the local customs and history was/is noted in the Cyclopedia of Samoa as “a little short of surprising.” Dr Schultz, in his capacity as governor, did not offer resistance to New Zealand military occupation in 1914. German families were deported to their homeland except for those who were married to Samoans. To date, many German families are prominent figures of Samoa.
The Museum of Samoa is now home to an exhibition that tells a bit of the story of Germany’s journey in Samoa. The exhibition is called “Old ties and new relationships: Germany and Samoa” The exhibition will be on display till December 2012. It was an initiative made possible by collaborative efforts between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture.
The Museum of Samoa is a unit of the Culture Division in the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture. There is no cover charge to visit the museum but donations are welcome to help with its cultural and educational initiatives.
From September 24th till the 29th of this year (in two weeks time to be more informative), a play written by Sia Figiel, “where we once belonged”, will be hosted by the Museum of Samoa from 6pm for the whole week. The play is about an hour long and tickets can be obtained from the museum for 10tala each. Pre-bookings are highly recommended. The play is an initiative put together by Ivilasi Films and is a collaborative effort towards the development of art and education by the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture and the National University of Samoa.
To view museum updates online you can visit the museum website: http://www.museumofsamoa.ws/ Or call us on our direct line – 26036

The Museum of Samoa Remembers With Appreciation

When you enter the Museum of Samoa’s Culture room, a breath of cool air either shocks you or cools you depending on the time of day that you are visiting the museum. At the entrance, if you turn to your right, you will see effortlessly the “tangaroa” in its entire aloofness framed into the tall white wall. The bottom of the mysterious plague stills the hands of time with the white painted phrase which you may have to squint to see if you have visual difficulties like some of us and it seems to softly state: “He was a father of dentistry to most of the Polynesian countries of the Pacific. God bless Francon Williams.

The “Tangaroa” (God of the Sea) was given to Francon by the peoples of the South Pacific in recognition of his tireless work in the field of Dentistry around the Islands.
The staff of the Museum of Samoa, in an ever pressing venture to highlight and remind of the heroines and heroes of our history takes a brief moment to ponder on the storyline of some of its collections this week. The moments sought serve as reminders of the greatness which were planted in and on our soils and we continue to plant through each and every effort for better years to come.

On that token, the Museum of Samoa’s 100 year old square high ceiling rooms, faithful wide posts, warm wooden floors, creaky aged stairway, and larger than life windows bearing sunlight on a clear blue-sky day, all spring to life as we celebrate the memory of Francon Williams with some of our very own blessed Samoan sons or (fathers and grand fathers in the age we are referring to) with e-mails to and from his daughter Joan Finlayson.

Joan Finlayson, a quiet spoken tiny built woman, came to Samoa in 2011 to present her father’s plague and statuette of the Tangaroa. The gifts including framed photos of her father and students were presented to the Honourable High Commissioner of New Zealand, Mr Nick Hurley and in turn to the then Principal of the Museum of Samoa, Sina Malietoa.

According to Mrs Joan Finlayson, the plague was given to her father, J Francon Williams in September 1968 by ‘the boys’ that he trained to be Dental Auxiliaries in the early 1940’s –The plague is a contribution from the following dentistry practitioners, mostly Samoan, from 1937-1945

Leupolu M.E.
Masina L.S
Nemaia H - Niue
Semau T.S.
Tuisamoa L.P.
Taneolevao F.T.T.
Talagi S. – Niue
Tafuna’i F.F.
Si’u A.R.L.

Joan met the last remaining student of her father’s, Fepuleai Filitoga, in 2001 when she visited Samoa to give some of the photos to Ulrike Hertel who was looking after a collection of the museum in the Court House. She relived the memories of her dear father through Fepuleai and was over-whelmed by the experience.

The story of Joan and her reconnection with her father and his dentistry students is a common display of affection, love and unity portrayed through a dedicated service to our islands and is honorably housed in the museum. In turn, the inspiration of servitude towards Samoa, our children, our people, makes the museum project a colorful and happy experience to write or talk about and like everything important, it is mostly rewarding upon reflection time.

The Museum of Samoa is an entity in the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture. There is no cover charge to view the museum rooms but donations are welcome to help in the museum’s cultural initiatives. The museum recently launched its website: http://museumofsamoa.ws
Please contact us for any queries or bookings through our direct number – 26036


Museum of Samoa Photo:
Anne Nye, Ailini Eteuati (museum officer) and William D Nye
RELIVING THE GREAT HURRICANE OF 1889

Last week, on a not so busy day, the Museum of Samoa staff at the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture complex, relived the hurricane of 1889 with a couple from Australia visiting Samoa as tourists for the first time. William Douglas Nye and his wife Ann Nye brought with them their grandmother’s Newcastle newspaper clips during that long ago historical time which stills the moments of heroism displayed freely and generously by the Samoans of those days.

The articles word for word described the events of the war and the cyclone that changed the direction of Samoa’s political history. Following is an article talking about the Calliope which is significant to the two donors of the newspaper scripts because William’s father was an officer on the Calliope. His grandmother became a follower of the Calliope. Just reading through the scripts takes one back many years and rests one on the shores of Apia, mindful of a different setting and a beautiful spirit in our own people that we could all make use of in our times of chaos and unsettlement.
Out to Sea (by Selwyn Hughes)

Despite the massive piled-up waves that raked her from stern to stern, the Calliope put on a full head of steam and clawed her way, foot by foot out of the harbor. Passing within 50 feet of the reef, she battled through the gale on the inside of the plunging Trenton, and at one stage sheered so close to the latter’s stern that the foreyard actually passed over her quarter as she rolled! But kane’s luck held, and he cleared her.

Then, unpremeditatedly, occurred that famous incident British naval history when broken rudder, sea pouring into her faultily constructed hawser holes, and drifting to her doom, lined the deck and, led by Admiral Kimberley, cheered lustily, their voices ringing through howling tempest. It was a grand, sportsmanlike gesture on the part of the American blue jackets, and the British Navy has never forgotten.

The Calliope men returned the cheer. Then steaming slowly but forcefully through the towering seas she disappeared into the mists and reached the comparative safety of the Pacific ocean. Undoubtedly, only a magnificent and courageous display of seamanship had saved her from certain disaster.

Of the other dozen merchantmen and small schooners lying in the harbor when the hurricane swept down, only the cutter Vailele survived, by chopping down her mast. The little boat was in charge of a Portuguese Samoan, Manuel Silva, who, in spite of the danger himself, managed to save 10 American and German sailors drifting past. Incidentally, this small inoffensive-looking man, whose sparkling dark eyes betrayed the Portuguese blood in his veins, died in Samoa only last year at the age of 90.

On the morning of March 17, when the hurricane had moderated and the seas fallen, the native Samoans showed amazing generosity to the foes whom they had been fighting only a few days before, by performing wondrous deeds of heroism in rescuing half-drowned men from the beached ships. It is to their everlasting credit, also, that there was no pillage.

The destruction of six warships and the frightful loss of German and American lives effectively ended the war-like bickering between the nations and a settlement quickly agreed to under the treaty of Berlin. Eventually the group was divided between USA and German – though British troops ( New Zealanders) captured the latter portion during the Great War, since when it has been administered as a Mandated Territory by New Zealand.

Not long after the disastrous hurricane, the Calliope left Samoa and, coming via Auckland, called at Sydney, where she was given a rousing and vociferous welcome. …
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More of these stories are housed in the museum as donations. The museum of Samoa is an entity of the Culture division in the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture. It is open on week days and welcomes all ages. There is no cover charge but donations are welcomed to assist in the museum’s educational and cultural initiatives.

Please call the museum’s direct number at 26036 for any queries.

11th Pacific Festival of Arts
- CELEBRATING CULTURE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE


76 proud Samoans headed to the 11th Festival of the Pacific Arts held in Honiara, Solomon Islands on the 27th of June 2012. The group is chaperoned by the Minster of Sports Education and Culture, Honourable Magele Mauiliu Magele and his Associate Minister Honourable Tu’uu Anasi’i Leota. They represent Samoa’s artists, artisans and officials who contribute to consultations regarding Cultural development in the Pacific. Culture in harmony with Nature is the theme for the festival this year.

On Monday morning, 1st of July, the hosts of the festival began the ceremonies with a traditional welcome where canoes were received on shore the EA Oval in Honiara. Thousands of song filled Pacific islanders spread along the black sandy beach, to welcome the fleet of waka from their respective islands, including Samoa’s Gaualofa. Samoa’s flag was hoisted high beside those of other Pacific islands. Breathtaking fireworks concluded the morning with the Samoans stealing the show with their fa’ataupati.
Later that day, the 20 Pacific islands represented by their national delegates marched along the streets of Honiara in their national and traditional wear with their musical instruments. The march was cheered and applauded by wide eyed and smiling onlookers whom were mostly Solomon islanders, men, women and children.

During the gift presentations, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, Susuga Galumalemana Nu’ufou Petaia, also Head of Delegation to the Festival voiced the presentation of gifts on behalf of the Head of State, the government of Samoa and the Samoan people. In her speech she commended and congratulated the Solomon Islands for hosting the 11th Pacific Festival of Arts. Galumalemana also spoke of Samoa’s 50th Anniversary of Independence and described the symbolic meaning for each of the three gifts presented by the Samoan delegates. Her speech highlighted the unity in diversity concept of the ava ceremony of Samoa.


An unforgettable ceremonial opening with magical lighting and soothing melody, concluded the official opening night. The theme song, “We are one,” accompanied with fireworks and children’s dancing made the occasion all the more memorable. More days of sharing traditional knowledge lie ahead as artists, artisans and officials prepare themselves for the 14 day celebrations of Pacific Arts and Culture. So far, it seems that the indigenous genius in all Pacific islanders are divinely ordained and made to pave the way to a better Pacific future.


Written- by Lumepa Apelu. Published in the Samoa Observer

The Museum of Samoa reaches out through technology!
By: Lumepa Apelu
The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture added a contribution for Samoa’s 50th Independence Anniversary through the launch of the Museum of Samoa’s website at the Museum building in Malifa on the 11th of May. 
The website brings to life Samoa’s cultural heritage and history by using modern technology. The purposes for the site are to enhance the educational programs sourced by the Museum and to promote the museum’s exhibitions and other cultural programs. The site also enables the museum to reach out to potential partners and visitors and also to strengthen current relations with its stakeholders and friends.
The Museum of Samoa houses a spectacular selection of historical and cultural artifacts of Samoa and other Pacific islands. In his key note address, the Prime Minister, Honorable Tuilaepa Sailele Soliai Malielegoi stated that the website “is a tool that can be used to promote the preservation of Samoa’s intangible and material culture. It is a tool that links our traditions to the modern age technology. It radiates that while we are proud to hold on to our values and our beliefs, we are also communicating effectively and keeping up with the needs of today’s ever advancing civilization.” The honorable Prime Minister also thanked the UNESCO office in Apia for their financial support and advice in brining the dream of a museum website to reality. He stated that UNESCO’s work in bringing peoples and cultures together emanated from their support in this project. He also commended UNESCO for their faithful involvement towards the development of Samoa and its peoples.

Reverend Siaosi spoke of the esteemed purpose of the website in expanding the museum and what it holds within its walls. The Reverend highlighted that the use of technology to spread intelligence has spiritual significance as all things are from God.
Although the museum has been linked to many other sites including its motherboard site, the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, the launch of this site enables the museum to provide details of its functions for those who wish to experience Samoa’s museum from home, work, school, or overseas. The site will update information regarding museum exhibition and educational programs. Other relevant Universities will be able to add information from their research regarding the Museum collections. With the site, new doors have opened for the Museum of Samoa. The web address is simply - www.museumofsamoa.ws

Exhibitions This exhibition has been closed and the exhibits are kept in storage now.
The most recent exhibition in the Museum of Samoa is the German Samoa Exhibition that was brought in by the Federal Pacific German Embassy.
The exhibition depicts the successful relationship between the two countries as it displays a historical photo exhibit of the Germans from 1900 till now.
The exhibition can be viewed in the Museum of Samoa till December 2012. Meanwhile the Environment Room for the Museum had been temporarily kept in storage.

Promotions
The launch of this website is made achievable through the financial support from the UNESCO office of Apia.
The website serves as a promotional and an awareness tool for students and visitors of the Museum. It will continue to showcase updates of the Museum’s educational and Cultural Programs throughout the year.

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