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The excitement is building

The South Pacific World War II Museum will be unlike any museum in the world today. Not only will it be a fully immersive, interactive experience about the Pacific Theatre during World War II, it will stand in the middle of where everything took place – on the site of a former World War II US Navy base in Luganville, on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. Not only will the museum be an exciting tourist destination, but it will create jobs and provide unique training opportunities for the local Santo people and bring a welcome source of income for the local economy.


New Museum Development Office Opens

We’re delighted to announce that our new Project Development Office has officially opened in Unity Park in Luganville. The opening, attended by local and international dignitaries, coincided with the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the SS President Coolidge just off the Espiritu Santo Coast.

The office has been a long time in coming with extensive planning, design, negotiations with various local government departments and the build itself – involving Santo Hardware volunteers – requiring some skilful leadership headed up by Museum Development Manager Alma Wensi.

If you’d like to read the full story about the day’s activities and look through our gallery of images, we’ve created a special page to do just that.


Alternatively, we’ve cut together a video of the day’s events including the memorial service, mini-museum opening and the opening of our Project Development Office. Click on the video above if you’d like to view it.

“You could effectively say we will be the biggest museum in the world because it covers all of the south corner of Santo. You can go out, see it, feel it, and get that warm fuzzy feeling if you like for where it actually took place.”

Bradley Wood - Museum Founding Chairman

Where will the Museum be located?

The South Pacific World War II Museum will be built on the island of Espiritu Santo, one of the islands that make up the Pacific Islands nation of Vanuatu. You can zoom in to see just where that is on the map below.

Dreams and aspirations

Bradley Wood, Founding Chairman of the South Pacific World War II Museum, has been a passionate supporter and driver behind the establishment of a museum on Santo. In this interview Bradley describes the plans for the construction of the museum in Luganville, the major city on Santo in Vanuatu and the role he sees the museum playing in educating visitors.

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Come And Experience Espiritu Santo

Not only will the museum serve as a reminder of those who paid the
ultimate sacrifice, it will bring into focus the legacy they left behind.