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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. Put Tjibaou Cultural Center into our Noumea trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Noumea.
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  • We were a little underwhelmed by the number of Kanak women there to share their grown crops and produced local foods. What was most amazing is the incredible talent in the crafts field. Jewelry and wo...  more »
  • I call it a European art gallery the best part being the Kanak houses outside. The Melanesian Museum in Noumea gives far more insight into Kanak life. The building is interesting with the section on T...  more »
  • This place may be for you - depends on what you're looking for. We thought it'd be information about local history, development of nation etc. Disappointed that its not. There's art, there's limited d...  more »
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  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Beautiful architecture and grounds. Fascinating local art collection and other rooms explaining heritage of new caledonia. Small shop and café.
  • Very relaxing and enjoyable experience
  • Truely an architectural marvel and a must visit while in Nouméa. Easy to get to and from by bus. Excellent insight into Kanak and broader Pacific culture.

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Where to stay in Noumea

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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