Moai Culture Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert

Easter Island Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert (MAPSE)
8 May - 30 September 2012

In the year 2012, the exhibition will relocate to Easter Island, where it will be staged in the island's museum. This anthropological museum was created in 1973 and named after Father Sebastian Englert, a German missionary who arrived on the island in 1935 and then stayed for over 30 years and for the rest of his life. His work on the island was not only missionary but also scientific, as he was interested in understanding the culture, language, and traditions of the inhabitants of Rapa Nui.

The unrivalled collections of the museum started with the objects gathered by Father Sebastian Englert, and they were expanded with the excavations on the Island throughout the years. At the moment, the collections total approximately 15,000 objects. The mission of MAPSE is to protect and explore the cultural patrimony of Easter Island, promote the understanding of Rapanui culture, and contribute to the development of the local community, and the identity of the islanders.

It is a great honour for Easter Island, Myths and Popular Culture to be invited to the museum and to put on display the stunning array of popular culture artefacts that have represented and re-imagined the island from afar.

Teresa Jambur