Recently we flew to Vanuatu, to investigate a number of wrecks in the jungles on the islands there. While we were there we had the pleasure of interviewing Brad Wood, one of the founders of the new South Pacific World War II Museum that's set to open in 2017.
The museum which is in its initial phase of planning will be a world class complex, right beside the river in the middle of Luganville – the main town on the island of Espiritu Santo.
The museum aims to be more than just displays of war-era relics, but a fully immersive, interactive experience about the Pacific Theatre during World War II, featuring a small theatre, extensive archives, conservation areas and recreations of significant crash sites throughout Vanuatu, amongst its vast displays.
Visitors to the museum will also have the opportunity to explore Santo’s rich World War II history by visiting the actual locations they’ve read about in the museum for themselves. Some of these are walking distance from the museum, while others will involve guides from local villages taking visitors on all day hikes through the jungle to reach them. This aspect to the museum is being called ‘adventure tourism’ and will make the South Pacific World War II Museum unique and quite unlike anything anywhere else in the world. As Brad puts it, “the museum is standing in the middle of the biggest museum in the world.”
The video interview with Brad Wood discussing the vision for the museum is available on Vimeo at:
More information about the South Pacific World War II Museum can be found on their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/SouthPacificWWllMuseum
Alternatively, they may be contacted via email at [email protected]
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