The people of the South Sea Islands may have given little thought to the fact that they were making history. Their's was the task of establishing the cultural identities of their land and people.In later years missionaries and administrators who went out to the islands thought of preserving samples of native crafts and artifacts and items of historical interest for display. For a time a showcase located in the Australasian Missionary College chapel was used to house and display, but in later building alterations this space was used for other purposes.

Finally on May 27, 1964, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church Division Executive set aside an appropriation and approved the erection of a building adjacent to "Sunnyside Historical Home," Cooranbong, NSW. W.E. Zeunert and J.K. Irvine were charged with the responsibility of supervising the erection of the building and the arrangement of displays.

The Building Committee was assisted by friends, and several missionaries who donated artifacts to establish the museum. This nationaly significent collection now on exhibit showcases many interesting artifacts of everyday life within the Oceanic region.

We hope this Museum constantly remind visitors of the great diversity of people around the world. Come visit us.