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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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So much to see and learn. Found everything really interesting and the art was beautiful. The highlight was seeing the homes that the natives lived in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and opened in 1998 is the icon of the Kanak culture and contemporary Kanak architecture and a world class piece of architecture. It is a must see!!! The Centre is located on Tinu Peninsula, approximately 8 kilometres northeast of the centre of Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, celebrates... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

So much to see and learn. Found everything really interesting and the art was beautiful. The highlight was seeing the homes that the natives lived in.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Easy to taxi from Anse Vata- also a bus ( runs less frequently in weekends). Admission charges are generous for olders and young folk, and not much for those in between. Great collection of pacifica art, artist collaborations and other exhibitions. Really enjoyed the Kanak village in the gardens. Worth a trip and can imagine the guided tour would really... More 

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outer Brisbane
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

huge number of displays and an absolute must see/visit. allow ideally at least 4 hours to be fair.Imagine the better option would be to allow at least one day or preferable a day and a half

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

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

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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