Oceania

Pacific Ocean as far as the eye can see, in addition to countless islands and the Australian land mass – all of this is Oceania, also referred to as the South Pacific. With an exhibition that has been designed in the form of a fictitious map, the Übersee-Museum invites its visitors to embark on a scouting expedition on this continent. 18 themed islands provide insights into the changing relationships between man and nature as well as everyday life in Oceania – past and present.

Those navigating through the water and island world of the exhibition will discover the biodiversity in a coral reef or deep-sea research. “On shore” visitors will get to know interesting facts, giving an entirely different meaning to the word “family”, on life with the ancestors or a wedding on the island of Manus. Impressive exhibits clearly demonstrate the relationship of the people of Oceania with one another or with the inhabitants of other continents. They tell stories dating back to the colonial times, and also about the trade routes between Bremen and Oceania.

A free media guide is available for the exhibit depot. You can use it during your visit with free wifi in the museum or online:

To the online media guide

A media guide for children is also available for this exhibition, you can use it online or on the devices you can rent at the lobby:

To the online media guide (children’s version)
Woman and two girls look at a world map with Oceania section
What is where? Oceania Map Overview | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Matthias Haase
View into a large atrium - in the foreground is a large model of a humpback whale

Discover island worlds for yourself: "Oceania" in the first atrium | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn

A large outrigger boat in the foreground; the museum's atrium in the background

Around 1900 outrigger boats like this one from Manus were used to transport goods | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn

A coral reef diorama with a diverse coral and animal life. In the foreground a giant grouper.

The coral reef diorama: insights into an endangered habitat | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn

A pair of birds of paradise with long feathers sitting on a branch.

Their feathers were coveted commodities: birds of paradise from New Guinea | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Matthias Haase

View of a large map showing the various island groups of Oceania. In the lower area are goods that were shipped to Bremen.

Goods from German colonies in Oceania came to Bremen and Bremerhaven in the mail steamer | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Matthias Haase

In the foreground on the right is a mask costume, in the background are some wooden figures

Mask costume of the Asmat from West-Papua, Indonesia | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Matthias Haase

Four tuataras lying in front of their burrow.

Way of life recreated in diorama: Stephens Island tuataras | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Volker Beinhorn

Fish in glass boxes with liquid, arranged in a glass case

Brown bristle tooth doctor and more: fish from Oceania | CC BY-SA 4.0 Übersee-Museum Bremen, photo: Matthias Haase

We thank the sponsors of the exhibition