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Markwarth Collection (Solomon Islands War Museum)
Founder/Director: Kurt Markwarth and Anders Markwarth
Honiara, Guadalcanal
Solomon Islands
Mobile: +677 7576455
Admission: 150 Solomon Islands Dollars
Hours: Appointment only

Known as the Markwarth Collection or "Solomon Islands War Museum". The collection is their private collection of World War II artifacts and relics they have collected primarily by purchasing relics from Guadalcanal. Visits are by appointment only at the digression of the brothers. Founded by brothers Anders and Kurt Markwarth who grew up in Honiara and are the sons of Markwarth who founded Markwarth Oil.

The collection is built around substantial small arms, ordnance, artillery and other relics collected by the brothers since their childhood. During the late 2000s to the present day, the brothers have collected scrap metal and salvaged aircraft crash sites around Guadalcanal including both Japanese and American aircraft. During 2009–2016, the Markwarth brothers have salvaged wartime wrecks including an M3 Stuart Tank T20 in 2009 and P-38J Lightning 43-28570 in 2013. The Markwarth Collection is located at three locations around Honiara: a storage area at Renadi, Lela Beach Resort and a storage yard on Point Cruz near Markwarth Oil.

Renadi Collection
Kurt Markwarth's Renadi location includes two locations: an outdoor storage plus covered area that stores M3 Stuart Tank Code T20. Between 2013 until the middle of July 2017 P-38J Lightning 43-28570 was stored at this location. Also present is substantial aircraft wreckage, parts and relics.

M3 Stuart Tank Hull Number ? Code T20
Salvaged November 27, 2009 and displayed at his collection

P-38J Lightning Serial Number 43-28570 Nose 500
Pilot Mathis MIA June 5, 1944 salvaged November 2013

In addition, other relics are stored in another Markwarth property, their former oil drum manufacturing plant and industrial storage area also at Renadi. Displayed outdoors is an LVT Amtrac that Kurt Markwarth claims is under restoration to running condition and a Japanese steam roller that they also might plan to be restoring.

Lela Beach Resort Collection
Kurt Markwarth's Lela Resort collection is located in the former Lela Beach Resort Hotel. The former restaurant is a indoor air conditioned display area with lighting and security cameras for small arms and relics collected from Guadalcanal. Outdoors are several Japanese field guns and artillery pieces and some aircraft wreckage.

Point Cruz Yard
Anders Markwarth's yard at Point Cruz is a fenced area adjacent to the road near the port area near Markwarth Oil. This yard has shipping containers and aircraft wreckage. The proximity to the port area has allowed containers of wartime material to be exported overseas, reportedly for restoration and to be returned. During the middle of July 2017, P-38J Lightning 43-28570 and A6M2 Zero were exported to Australia.

 

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