25/04/2014

The Kon-Tiki Museum
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Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - in finnish

Thor Heyerdahl and KTM
During his stay on Fatu Hiva in 1938, Thor Heyerdahl became interested in the Polynesian question. His theory of a connection between early complex cultures in South America and the settlement of Polynesia was the reason behind the Kon-Tiki voyage.

In the aftermath of the ensuing professional debate created by the Kon-Tiki Expedition Heyerdahl organised several archaeological expeditions into the Pacific. In 1953 he took Arne Skjølsvold and Erik Reed to the Galapagos Islands where they discovered South American pottery. In 1955 the Norwegian Archaeological Expedition to Easter Island and the East Pacific, an expedition that lasted nine months and included five professional archaeologists.

After the new Kon-Tiki Museum was completed in 1956 new exhibitions were made to display the results of Heyerdahl’s recent archaeological expeditions. Heyerdahl kept enriching the collections of the Kon-Tiki Museum and add to the archives. The Kon-Tiki Museum became the prime showcase for Heyerdahl’s research. The explorer and the museum became a team.