Our collections represent stories of Sāmoa and its people. They include the human settlement of the archipelago 3000 years ago, and the early 20th century periods of German and New Zealand colonial administration. There is a focus on the mid-to-late 20th century when Sāmoans established communities in urban centres in New Zealand, Australia, Hawai‘i and California.
Over several decades, a significant transnational population developed into a diaspora. Today Sāmoan communities maintain social and economic connections to their homeland and sustain their language, customs and culture in a range of new contexts.
Explore some of our Sāmoan stories about our collections from Apia to Auckland, tatau to travelling umu boxes, headdresses to hip hop, and more.