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Easter Island,
Myths, & Popular Culture
5 March - 4 September 2011

The Easter Island stone statues (called moai) have long held a popular appeal that has extended far into the culture of foreign countries. Murder mysteries, alien visitors, time travel, and hidden treasure have been a part of the island through a wide range of western myths, antasies, and popular fictions.
This exhibition aims, for the first time, to bring together the fascinating diversity of cultural artefacts that have depicted Easter Island and, in particular, to define the popular appeal of the moai.

Fiction films, adverts, cartoons, album covers, toys and board games, computer games, novels and comic books are a central part of this exhibition.

As are objects of material culture, which position miniature replicas of the moai as glowing lamps, cushions, and slot machine symbols.

Dr Ian Conrich, and co-curated by Dr Roy Smith, and Martyn Harris.
Additional support from Frieder Wahl, Dr Dan Bendrups, and Dr Grant McCall.


21st-27thFebruary   Family Trail 

10p a go including prize

An interactive trail to take with you around the museum. Answer the questions as you go around for a prize at the end.

Tuesday 22nd February               1pm-3pm 


Clothing Cook’s World

A chance to see our new exhibition of costumes from around the world. Then create a puppet of your favourite costume to take home.

Thursday 24th February                1pm-3pm       

Hats Ahoy!                 

Come along and see the variety of hats in our clothing Cooks World exhibition. Choose your favourite hat to make and wear back home.  


Any donations towards the costs of these events will be greatly appreciated.  We regret that we do not have the capacity to accommodate any childminding groups or organised groups.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Summer opening 10am-5:30pm every day except Mondays and certain Bank Holidays.

For further information about the museum including our summer holiday events, please contact the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum on 01642 311211



March – October
Tues-Sun 10am-5.30pm

November – February
Tues-Sun 9am-4pm

(last admission to main displays 45 minutes before closing)

24-26 December, 1 January
and first full week of January for annual maintenance.


All enquiries to
or write to:

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
Stewart Park


01642 311211

Fax 01642 317419

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