An exhibition for all ages
A permanent monument to a famous ship
The Coolidge Exhibition at our Museum in Luganville, features the world’s largest exhibition of items from the famous luxury liner – including the ship’s bell and whistle. Due to its popularity, the exhibition is now a permanent display in the museum.
The display stands as a monumental event for the museum, marking its first dedicated exhibition since its inception in 2017. The sheer magnitude of this undertaking required meticulous planning, coordination, and a substantial budget.
However, the stars aligned, and the exhibition became a reality, thanks to the generous sponsorship provided by the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO).
Adela Issachar, the CEO of VTO, played a pivotal role in making this exhibition possible. Her confirmation of support not only ensured the financial backing required but also highlighted a commitment to bridging the gap between history and tourism. It’s a noteworthy collaboration where cultural preservation and tourism promotion converge, highlighting the significant impact such partnerships can have on local museums.
The underlying vision behind the SS President Coolidge Exhibition extends beyond mere commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. It aspires to showcase to the global audience that a small museum nestled in the heart of the South Pacific possesses the capability to curate an event that rivals exhibitions held anywhere in the world. This ambitious goal might seem daunting, but the passion and dedication of the museum staff, combined with the support of VTO, have made it a reality.
The significance of the exhibition
The exhibition serves as a testament to the rich history of the region and the resilience of the South Pacific WWII Museum. By delving into the narrative of the SS President Coolidge, visitors not only gain insights into a pivotal moment in World War II but also witness the dedication of the museum in preserving and sharing this historical legacy.
Moreover, the collaboration with VTO adds a layer of significance to the exhibition. By intertwining history with tourism, the museum aims to attract a broader audience and foster an appreciation for the cultural heritage of Vanuatu. It underscores the importance of supporting local initiatives that contribute not only to historical preservation but also to the economic and cultural vitality of the region.
The SS President Coolidge Exhibition is not merely an event but a milestone in the museum’s journey. It reflects the resilience of a dedicated team, the generosity of sponsors, and the collective commitment to showcasing the historical richness of the South Pacific.