The Guam Museum's Anniversary
Senator Antonio M. Palomo, Guam Museum & Chamorro Educational Facility
Sunday, November 4, 2018
2ndAnniversary. The Guam Museum officially opened its doors on November 4, 2016. The museum debuted its first changing exhibition titled: I Hale’ta: Desde Åntes Esta I Mamaila’ or Our Roots: Past and Future. In the two years the museum has become a center of social and cultural programs and events. The long awaited permanent exhibition: I Hinanao-ta I Mananotao Tånó- I CHamoru Siha opened May 3, 2018.
The Guam Museum traces its roots back to 1926 when the Guam Teachers Association lead by Dr. Ramon Sablan urged friends and residents to start collecting artifacts and antiques to establish a museum to preserve the history and culture of the Chamorro people for future generations. The museum opened its doors on October 26, 1932 in Hagåtña. The museum was destroyed during the Battle of Guam during World War II. The museum re-opened in 1954 in the Plaza de Espana’s Garden House and remained there until it closed in the early 1990’s. The museum did not have a have a permanent home for the next 20 years until the construction and opening of the new museum in Skinner Plaza.
The museum encourages visitors to engage and explore Guam’s past and to look to the future, with its permanent and changing exhibitions, monthly programs and special events that reflect the islands diversity and our changing culture.