The Vanuatu Cultural Centre, Port Vila

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Learn about Vanuatu's cultural history across numerous cultural grounds at The Vanuatu Cultural Centre. The museum features large collections of artifacts like masks, gongs, and outrigger canoes as well as natural finds including shells and fossils. View the video documentaries about the area's culture and history, and catch demonstrations on traditional skills like sand-drawing, dance, and storytelling. Consider hiring a tour guide to get extra details and fascinating histories on each object. The attraction also sells souvenirs like handicrafts and educational material. Plan to visit The Vanuatu Cultural Centre and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Port Vila attractions using our Port Vila online journey planner .
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  • Museum in which you learn more about Vanuatu culture. Birds, various objects, all through history. Some element are unfortunately poorly kept by time.
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  • The national museum is quite expensive, thousand vatus, to not find out than a large room where the windows are dirty and dusty. Comments in french are not always present and the poor collections interest compared to the section on Vanuatu in the New Caledonia Museum and especially at the Utlalo in Port Vila Foundation whose collections are very rich and well managed by the Marist fathers.
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  • Even if the Center is small and dusty (loudly), no is no less rich a wonderful collection of local art. You will see beautiful tam-tams and other masks. Worth the visit, you will spend a good half hour of informative.
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  • We visited the cultural centre on a quiet Saturday morning. We opted for the guide/sand drawing option (VT1500 per head) and it was well worth it. Edgar was our guide, and you can tell that he loves his country and culture. He did two sand drawings for us, one of men making masks and another of a kastom heart. He also played us a couple of songs on the bamboo flute, one about a rat finding kava, and a love song. Lastly, he played us the Vanuatu and Australian national anthems on another bamboo instrument, which you play by shaking. Then Edgar showed us around the museum, telling us more about ni-Vanuatu culture and customs. It was fascinating! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the museum and Edgar's stories and insights.
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