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Address: Rue des Accords de Matignon, Tina, Noumea, Grand Terre 98845, New Caledonia
Phone Number: 687-41-45-45
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Description: This distinctive piece of architecture contains exhibitions, artifacts and...
This distinctive piece of architecture contains exhibitions, artifacts and archives.
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We were fortunate to have a knowledgeable local Guide who explained life in a village. The fale were impressive and the galleries inside are worth spending a lot of time in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

We had lovely english speaking kanak guide who really loved talking about her culture. Beautiful carvings and displays. The centre building is a blend of airconditioned and open air. There are lovely undercover walk ways with areas to sit and have a coffee or meal if you wish. Just a warning the staff get busy in the cafe and you... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to have a knowledgeable local Guide who explained life in a village. The fale were impressive and the galleries inside are worth spending a lot of time in. Unfortunately, we were on a tour so couldn't stay anywhere near the amount of time that I wanted to stay. I will visit this again.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Although the architecture is most unusual and quite striking (typical of Renzo Piano), we found the exhibits not as interesting as we had hoped. Perhaps we made the mistake of just wandering through the centre on our own. Being from Australia, our knowledge of the French language is extremely limited and only a few of the descriptive plaques have English... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, New Caledonia is an architecturally interesting set of buildings. The buildings house different things, such as a library, art exhibits, wifi café, a chronology of events, etc. One of the exhibits shows how the Cultural Center buildings are surrounded by the barrel like façades. The grounds are peppered with carvings and statues of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

You have to go once to see the building designed by Renzo Piano, coffee shop good but slow, exhibitions underwhelming.

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Otorohanga, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

To appreciate this building you would be best to go with a guide from a tour. It is very interesting but little to be seen if a guide was not available to help you understand the culture and reasons behind the formatting of the building. It is awesome to veiw from the outside and makes a lovely photo.

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Dural, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This showed the old and the new history of Noumea showcasing how people live in round houses and their culture. Then the museum has unique architecture which included a library, cultural centre and cafe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

this is the place not to be missed if you are in Noumea. The centre in itself is a pure work of art with its specific designs. We discovered a lot about the traditions and the beliefs of the Kanaks. There is a small track nearby the sea that's great to follow - native plants and herbs used in traditional... More 

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Auckland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Amazing architecture and design, spectacular buildings but doesn't seem to be setup to educate tourists on local culture. We got the impressions that this designed to be a place for the locals to meet at to share their culture with each other, but we left feeling we didn't really understand the Kanak culture any better than when we arrived. We... More 

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Mykonos Town, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Well set out and obviously lots of cultural significance but this is lost unless you have an English speaking guide who can tell you the significance and use of buildings etc. Beautiful shady spots to sit and rest and admire the view. Well worth a visit if you can arrange to have someone with you.

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