Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, Long Beach

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  • This small museum is the only place in the US where I've seen YAP money displayed. So check out the adjacent garden that's included with admission and where you'll also find rare ancestral figures as....  more »
  • This museum is small but mighty, a true jewel. I was on the last day of an LA trip before returning to my home on the Big Island of Hawaii. My daughter, who now lives in LA, and I were lucky to...  more »
  • My husband and I was actually passing through to go to the Aquarium of the Pacific, but detoured here first. As part Pacific Islander, I was really eager to come here and check it out. Fran gave me the scoop about this museum, and the types of info she had here. She said things changes every few months. When my husband and I were there, there were pictures of all the different tattoos, and the history behind them within all the islands. Also, very nice to see the display of the Fijian wedding dress display. (My people.) There was also the big hut in the middle of the room. (Different islands call it different names in their language. (For an example, in Fijian it is called, "Bure.") Inside, was various tools used by Islanders. Didn't get to see much, as I just glanced inside. There were also displays of various jewelry. There was also a room with a documentary video of learning history of the islands too. When you come here, especially look at the map. There are a lot of Pacific Islands, and not just being, "Polynesia." There is also "Melanesia", and "Micronesia." Very important to know. Again, as I am part Pacific Islander, I already know this. But good for other people to learn, because not everybody knows these things. I think the garden was perfectly fine. Some history, and it was a decent size. This is what they have to offer, because this place is a nonprofit organization, and needs more support. With that, then they'll be able to add more interesting stuff to view. Please come and support this museum, especially if you are an islander living in the Southern California area. Honestly, I would even work there, if I even lived in SoCal, but I'm from the Bay Area. So that's the sad part. Support this museum!! I look forward to coming to visit the next time I'm in SoCal.
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