Fatuhiva

With the backing of the Faculty of Zoology, University of Oslo, Thor Heyerdahl travelled on a study trip to Fatuhiva in French Polynesia in 1937-38. The purpose of the study trip was to examine how animal species had reached the Pacific islands. The trip was also Thor and his wife Liv’s honeymoon. They were both critical of the way civilization was developing, and wanted to return to nature and find paradise on earth. This was not to happen. After one year they returned to Norway. It was no longer possible to find a geographical paradise on earth. It would have to be found within oneself, wrote Thor Heyerdahl about life on Fatuhiva. Their stay on this Pacific island was, however, decisive for Thor Heyerdahl’s future work. It was commonly believed that the islanders had originally arrived from Asia. However, the ocean currents made it possible for people to have arrived from South America. This was also the story the elders on the island told the young couple.


The exhibition Fatuhiva 1937-38 is a relatively small but important display in the museum, located close to the Kon-Tiki raft. It tells about the voyage to Fatuhiva and Thor and Liv’s discoveries on the island. Selected samples of insects and animals collected by Heyerdahl on the study trip is on display. Visitors can also see the scrapbook from the trip, containing amusing and colorful drawings, as well as photos documenting life on Fatuhiva.

Learn more about the Fatuhiva expedition here!

 

 

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Nov - Feb: 1000 - 1600
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The Museum are closed on:
24th December
25th December
31th December
1st January
17th May

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Group ut to 30 pupils
  NOK 400,-
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The Museum are closed on:
24th December
25th December
31th December
1st January
17th May