Tjibaou Cultural Center, Noumea

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Learn about the island country's indigenous Kanak culture at Tjibaou Cultural Center, known for its striking blend of traditional huts and modern architecture surrounded by lush landscaping. Browse through artifacts, artwork, and educational films and documents. Check the schedule ahead of time to plan visits around cultural performances. To optimize your experience, think about coming with a guide who can translate and explain the non-English-language information displays. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Noumea holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Tjibaou Cultural Center and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • There’s not a lot to see here, so try to time your visit to a performance if you can. You can see the building’s outside features well on a fine day. The café is awful. Be sure to take your own food f...  more »
  • I spent a good couple of hours at the centre, and most of that time was spent outside! The Kanak Trail gives an interesting overview of both the beliefs and way of life of the Kanak people, as well as...  more »
  • If you like the mix of styles between primitive and modern art museum Melanesian culture, you are at the right place, otherwise flee...
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  • Amazing art and architecture. The building's are justifiably famous, and I was quite surprised to find such top quality contemporary art. I also liked the garden walk with it's explainations of local mythology.
  • It is important to know the history of the country you visit. An excellent art exhibition.
  • Iconic museum and art gallery, with focus on the South Pacific.
  • Beautiful space, unique and very worth seeing. The staff were extremely friendly, even providing bug spray when noticing I was being bitten.'the art exhibits are fantastic. There is a bit of construction going on at the moment, but still worth a visit.
  • Worth visiting if you are in Noumea, the cultural centre has three sections - a brief history of Melanesian culture in the Pacific, a cafe and library and a living culture / learning centre. The complex by Renzo Piano on the ridge is a high architecture take on the vernacular hut complex of the Aire Coutume (customary area) at the centre of the bay. Still, there is a sense of "otherness" to the centre, physically separated from Noumea and wedged between an airport and golf course, inaccessible by sea, no-where else reflected neither architecturally nor in culture on the island (that we experienced).

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There are few budget options in Nouméa, but a good selection of mid-range hotels. Most are concentrated in Anse Vata, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula, where you'll find palm-fringed beaches and plentiful bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. For something a little more central, consider one of the comfortable hotels around Place Des Cocotiers. The picturesque square is close to the marinas and cathedral, and makes a great base from which to explore the city.
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