Kosrae State Museum

Kosrae State Museum is a museum in Tofol in Kosrae State in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Kosrae State Museum
Kosrae State Museum
FounderTeddy John
  • Federated States of Micronesia
Coordinates05°19′30.7″N 163°00′30.8″E / 5.325194°N 163.008556°E / 5.325194; 163.008556Coordinates: 05°19′30.7″N 163°00′30.8″E / 5.325194°N 163.008556°E / 5.325194; 163.008556
Parent organization
Kosrae State Historic Preservation Office


Planning for Kosrae State Museum began in 1981.[1] It was founded by Teddy John.[2]


Kosrae State Museum is situated in Tofol.[3] Its collection is made up of archaeological assemblages from several of Kosrae's significant historic sites. The collection also includes objects relating to Kosrae's history and culture more widely, including archaeological artefacts.[4][5] The museum contains models of traditional homes.[6] In 2001 the museum moved to a new location in Tofol. Its redevelopment was funded by the US Government, the FSM Government and Kosrae State.[7] The museum's exhibits include displays on: prehistoric Kosrae, early contact, nineteenth century whaling and missionary activity, the Second World War and contemporary Kosrae.[7] The museum hosts significant collections, including: artwork from the Lütke Expedition;[8] the Carl Hupp collection;[9] Ernst Sarfert.[10]

Overseas collectionsEdit

Due to legacies of colonial exploitation, museum collections abroad hold significant objects and archives, relating to Kosraen material culture, including: Welt Museum, Vienna;[11] the British Museum;[12] National Museums Scotland.[13]


A Kosraean tol 'man's sash' was returned to Kosrae from a foreign museum collection.[2][14]


In the early 2000s, the museum became a partner in a visual anthropology research project run by the University of Florida, which trained museum staff in film-making and enabled them to continue work documenting intangible culture in the state.[15] In 2013 the museum undertook surveys to see if an open-air archaeological exhibit could become part of the museum.[16] In 2018 the museum and Kosrae Historic Preservation Office partnered on a research partnership to explore how virtual reality models of the archaeological heritage of the islands could engage with stakeholders and members of the Kosraean diaspora.[17]

Notable peopleEdit


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  2. ^ a b Kiste, Robert; Marshall, Mac (1999-03-01). American Anthropology in Micronesia: An Assessment. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-6142-1.
  3. ^ "Micronesian Island Tourist Attractions". Discover The Rare Beauty Of The South Seas Islands. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  4. ^ "Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)-Attractions & Activities | Pacific Tourism Organisation – Specialist". Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  6. ^ Cardozo, Yvette; Ski, R. F. T.; Editor, Dive (2013-09-20). "Kosrae: Diving into Paradise". Real Food Traveler. Retrieved 2021-05-14.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ a b "KOSRAE MUSEUM ATTRACTING VISITORS | Pacific Islands Report". www.pireport.org. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  8. ^ "Museum". Kosrae State Historic Preservation Office. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  9. ^ "Carl Hupp Collection | Kosrae State Historic Preservation Office". Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  10. ^ "Gallery". Kosrae State Historic Preservation Office. 2017-08-13. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  11. ^ Wien, Weltmuseum (2017-10-30). "Weltmuseum Wien: Tokosha, King of Kosrae, Caroline Islands". www.weltmuseumwien.at. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  12. ^ "belt; loin-cloth; garment | British Museum". The British Museum. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  13. ^ Haddow, Eve. National Museums Scotland: Caroline Islands Collection (PDF). National Museums Scotland.
  14. ^ Deegan, Ann, and Ross Cordy. “Micronesian Textiles in Transition: The Woven Tol of Kosrae.” Contact, Crossover, Continuity: Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, September 22–24, 1994 (Los Angeles, CA: Textile Society of America, Inc., 1995), pp. 81–91.
  15. ^ BURNS, ALLAN (2008). "Visual Literacy through Cultural Preservation and Cultural Resistance: Indigenous Video in Micronesia". Journal of Film and Video. 60 (2): 15–25. doi:10.1353/jfv.0.0006. ISSN 0742-4671. JSTOR 20688591.
  16. ^ Thompson, Adam. Archaeological Survey of the Lower and Upper Tofol Sites Kosrae, Eastern Micronesia (PDF).[dead link]
  17. ^ Campbell, Dace A. (October 2018). "Drones, Machetes, and Virtual Reality: 21st-Century Tools for Historic Preservation". 2018 3rd Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHERITAGE) Held Jointly with 2018 24th International Conference on Virtual Systems Multimedia (VSMM 2018): 1–4. doi:10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2018.8810111. ISBN 978-1-7281-0292-4.
  18. ^ Preservation, United States Advisory Council on Historic (1987). Report to the President and the Congress of the United States. The Council.
  19. ^ Richards, Zoe T.; Shen, Chuan-Chou; Hobbs, Jean-Paul A.; Wu, Chung-Che; Jiang, Xiuyang; Beardsley, Felicia (2015-03-13). "New precise dates for the ancient and sacred coral pyramidal tombs of Leluh (Kosrae, Micronesia)". Science Advances. 1 (2): e1400060. Bibcode:2015SciA....1E0060R. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1400060. ISSN 2375-2548. PMC 4643814. PMID 26601144.

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