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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  • Beautiful architect of the cultural center inside and out. Friendly and helpful staff. Expected the whole cultural centre to be based on the Kanak people, culture and traditions. It wasnt. They have d...  more »
  • At each visit, one enters a framework at hand, made of traditions, of silence for better focus on exhibitions. The library where we always discover new books, the charming shop, and if the weather make the kanak path... it's magical.
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  • The exhibits were interesting, the story touched us, sculpture/totem particularly moved me. The life of fishermen or still photos of the 1880s years have really marked us. There were a lot of mosquitoes on the side of the outdoor experience and we couldn't really enjoy it, we would have to protect us. A must to be done to better understand the New Caledonia
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  • This is a big and pretty historical place in Noumea. If you wanna understand roots of locals it is must have to visit. Monuments with genitalias, local dances, old houses, art and lagoon
  • Simply stunning. Beautifully maintained and staffed by friendly and helpful locals. This piece of architecture by Renzo Piano should not be missed. And it houses interesting and rotating exhibits of local interest too. 8km from the centre of the city, get here by cab or book a round trip for $15 with Wamy outside the Passenger Terminal.
  • An architectural delight, complete with drawings and models. Heaps of exhibits and information about the culture of Oceania, especially of New Caledonia. Brilliant shelter from rain.
  • Interesting place but a bit souless. Even the statue of Tjibaou had no information or even a sign to say who it was! The fares were an amazing feat of building but nothing was mentioned about how or where they learnt to build. I had to google everything to learn about it. Lovely setting and a nice walk around.
  • This is one of those places that every visitor to New Caledonia should visit to learn about the local people and their culture. Sadly I don't think everyone does visit and the lack of translated signs in English does make it difficult too. The lady at the entry kiosk spoke excellent English and advised us which way to proceed around the exhibits. It would have been good if there had been advice about the mosquitoes which live in the mangrove swamps as we were bitten many times before we got to the Reception desk where they had free Aerogard for us to apply! The architectural design is wonderful capturing the breeze off the water in just the way the Kanak huts would have done too. A very sad story in the displays about how a whole culture has been denied access to its own land and way of life.

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