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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  • He’s a good hint. Don’t spend your time just inside looking at the artefacts and art works. Go outside and wander around. Watch the water lap up the the private beach with no one around and not a beac...  more »
  • A couple of things to remember 1. The restaurant on site is closed on Sundays 2. A number of the rooms close from 11.30 to 2.00, some don’t. Why? I don’t know. 3. Bring aerogard and use it liberally. ...  more »
  • great building and beautiful exhibitions I recommend visiting this cultural place on a tour because it helps understand bcp thing on kanak culture and on the symbolism of buildings etc. Nice shop Bookstore
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  • Very little English for those who are interested but cannot speak/read French. Outdoors was very pretty and building beautiful
  • Stunning architectural design. Nice location. Virtually nothing cultural about the place. History goes back to 1917, the very little they have. It’s basically an art gallery. All the plaques except a few are only in French so you have no idea about the few items of historical interest. The cafe is a joke. We walked in, the only people there, the staff member didn’t even look up or acknowledge our existence in any way. We stood at the counter for a minute looking at the “offerings” They don’t even have a coffee Machine! A cafe with no coffee Machine...?! What food they offer is microwaved. The lagoon view is a lie. I’ve been to better bus station cafes. Utterly underwhelmed and disappointed. Glad we didn’t need to pay to enter as we had a voucher from our hotel. Was surprised to find the place so empty when we arrived, however it all became very clear when just 30mins after arriving we were calling a taxi.
  • Probably the most important place to learn about the culture and history of this country. Many displays in french and english. If you can't read or understand french speech, I highly recommend joining an english tour to get the most out of it. The views are also beautiful up on the hills on the south side of the cultural center (near the statue of Tjibaou) so leave time to walk around the grounds too.
  • Impressive structural design and cultural exhibits. Lovely gardens to stroll around and great views of the bay. The Tjibaou history-timeline English translation is on the windows to the right of the French ones, ..we almost missed it.
  • Very interesting. Beautiful architecture. Well worth the trip.

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