Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie, Noumea

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Get to know the story behind traditional Kanak and regional Pacific cultures at Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie, housing a collection of carvings, photographs, and historical artifacts. Oddly worded English explanations accompany each display, but you can learn more by picking up the English audio guide at the entrance. Check online for opening hours and upcoming exhibits. Plan your visit to Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Noumea journey planner.
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  • So many beautiful things in here, such a shame we were the only ones there. People don't appreciate fine art and history.  more »
  • Finally I went through this Museum and I appreciated the presentation of the collections. With each step, we find remarkable works and one enters the customs of the islands of the Pacific: Vanuatu, Tonga etc. . To visit and leaving, cross the garden and go in the box of beautiful proportion.
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  • Very rewarding! Kanak art, Art of Oceania... Exciting! Too bad the staff, at the end of our beautiful visit, (at the time of buy 2 tees) was only icier, a small smile doesn't hurt anyone...
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  • The museum in itself is quite old, but provides a good overview of the history of New Caledonia as well as the entire Pacific. The Great Case in the gardens is a must-see.
  • Visited this museum when we were on the P&O Pacific Dawn Island Hopper Cruise. Was surprised to see some aboriginal artifacts such as the boomerang on show. Worth a visit.
  • As someone interested in the human history of the land, I was disappointed in this museum. There are mostly only anthropological displays about the buildings, tools, plants and a few associated traditions of the indigenous peoples of New Caledonia (ground floor) and Vanuatu, Salomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and the rest of Oceania (upper floor). There is nothing about the chronological history of the occupation of these islands prior to or after the arrival of Cook. It's super cheap at 200 francs for adults (about $2 USD) for entry. Most activities in New Caledonia will cost you 10x to 100x more. They will tell you at the entrance that all displays are in english, japanese, and french. But this is not true. Approximately 1/2 of displays will also have english translations. 1/3 will have Japanese. There is a bit more human history to be had at the Tjibaou Cultural Center. I highly recommend that place, particularly if you can read French or have time for an English tour, which they offer there.
  • Astonishing place to visit or you will miss out
  • Value for money Museum. At 200 New Caledonia francs it was reasonable and showed a lot of their history and of the Pacific countries.

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