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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  • Where ever I go I like to learn about the culture and history of the locality and this museum does just that. The artifacts on display are excellent and the history of Vanuatu is well presented. The d...  more »
  • It is smaller than I was expecting and there was an absence of air con which was a little rough. The displays were fascinating but the cost was a little steep. Swing by if you have time but I wouldn’t...  more »
  • The museum is definitely worth a visit and has some very interesting artefacts on display. A chronological history would certainly be beneficial. 1000 vatu pp entry fee.  more »
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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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As Efate's largest town and the hub of tourist activity, Port Vila offers solid lodging options catering to foreign visitors. Consider staying in an upscale hotel or chain resort along the shores of Vila Bay for easy access to beaches and central attractions. Many hotels and guesthouses allow children under 12 to stay free of charge, and checking for this ahead of time can help you score extremely economical accommodations. You can also look for affordable rooms a bit out of town, at inland guesthouses or low-key resorts. If you do choose to go that far, consider renting a car.
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