The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum

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The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum

The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum

The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum in Long Beach features collections of art and artifacts originating from Pacific Islands cultures with a focus on Micronesia. The museum is home to collections from the Pacific Islands, educational programs, living arts displays, and rotating exhibits. Their permanent collection now holds over 1,000 items from Pacific Island nations including Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tonga. The collection includes everything from artifacts to modern art creations made by the people of these regions.

The Pacific Island Ethic Art Museum has hosted events in the past such as the annual Pasifika Living Arts Showcase. This weekend event features workshops and showcases from artisans, cultural specialists, and performers originating from the Pacific Islands. Activities include creating traditional items like leis and baskets, cooking demonstrations, traditional music performances, and storytelling.

Other events have included living art shows such as “Aikona: A Solo Art Show.” This show portrays the human experience as lived by the people of Tonga. In the past PIEAM has also hosted filmmaker gatherings, clothing exhibits, and interactive art exhibits for museum goers to enjoy.

General admission to the museum is $5. The price is $3 for students and seniors. PIEAM admits museum members and children under twelve for free. Museum members also enjoy other benefits such as discounts at the museum store and cafe, special invitations to exhibit openings, and free private group tours.

A visit to PIEAM is an enriching and engaging way to explore cultures of the Pacific Islands. This is a fun, inexpensive trip that is great for the whole family.

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