90% OF THE MARINE ARCHAEOLOGICAL ITEMS DISPLAYED IN THE MUSEUM WERE COLLECTED BY MEMBERS OF THE “ASSOCIATION FORTUNES DE MER CALEDONIENNES" AND "ASSOCIATION SALOMON"
Over time, the Museum's collections (over 8000 items) have grown thanks to the marine archaeological work of the “Association Fortunes de Mer Calédoniennes" and "Association Salomon" carried out on a large number of historical wrecks.
About half of the items in the Museum's collections were collected from the two vessels of the La Pérouse expedition, wrecked in 1788 at Vanikoro Island, Solomon Islands.
The rest of the items on display come from wrecks discovered around the New Caledonian reefs: men-of-war (e.g. the Seine), sailing cargo vessels (e.g. the Tacite), ore carriers (e.g. the Roanoke or the Ville de St Nazaire).
The Museum collections also include items relating to maritime activities: lighthouse equipment, lights and buoys, charts, ship models, navigation instruments. Some of these items (10%) are on loan to the Museum from private collections.