Pacific Inspirations



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Drop in for this fun hands-on experience for families, which highlights the decorated bark-cloth objects in the Te Vainui O Pasifika gallery.

Pacific Islanders live on the atolls and islands of Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia. While the area is home to great cultural and linguistic diversity, Pacific Islanders are also connected by knowledge of the sea, the land and lifestyle.

During this free activity, participants will learn about the history of bark cloth and how it has been used throughout the Pacific region. Using techniques modified from traditional practices from the Pacific region, participants will be inspired to create and print their own colourful designs on material to represent bark cloth, and turn these into a body adornment to wear and take home. 

They can also see and feel real bark cloth and visit Te Vainui O Pasifika Gallery and see unique bark-cloth adornments from across the Pacific region.

Suitable for ages 5 to 11 years.