Gateway to the Pacific

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago collects, safeguards, and investigates the arts, crafts, and other sources of information testifying in unmistakable and often remarkable ways to how creative human beings are, and always have been, everywhere on earth.

Our collections are material witness to both the reality and rich textures of our ancient and modern human diversity.

They also serve today as an enduring and inspiring heritage resource for many people in many lands throughout the world.

The Pacific anthropology collections at the Field Museum are among the finest and most informative in any museum or comparable institution.

Numbering over 65,000 cataloged items, these collections richly document life, history, and human originality throughout the far-flung Pacific Islands and Australia. 

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Island of Upolu, Western Samoa, 1965 (© 1965, John Edward Terrell)
Kapkap, New Ireland, PNG Cat. 106126 (© 2004, Department of Anthropology, Field Museum)

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The southwest Pacific
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 based on the ETOPO5 5x5 minutes Navy database

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