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Very pleasantly surprised

I was not too excited to visit this,but am very glad I did. An excellent small museum that covers... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2018
Newport Beach, California
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Worth a visit

This museum was very interesting with displays of both photographs and descriptions of the history... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2017
Moama, Australia
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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

For a small museum in a very untouristy town, the JK McCarthy museum was a pleasant surprise. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and the artifacts fascinating.

2  Thank Hadley100
Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

I was not too excited to visit this,but am very glad I did. An excellent small museum that covers local natural history, WWll history, and ethnic cultures. Worth visiting for everyone but on your first day if you are lacking in Australian and South Pacific...More

2  Thank voyager52
Reviewed October 21, 2017

This museum was very interesting with displays of both photographs and descriptions of the history of the area. The items on display were also very interesting to view and read the descriptions of what each item was about. Preservation of such history enables visitors to...More

1  Thank jnewell572016
Reviewed February 12, 2017

The J.K. McCarthy Museum in Gorka displays some nice artifacts and explains the history of PNG - and in pariticular - the history of the Goroka area. A special focus is the time of WWII. If you stay in Goroka - visit that Museum.

2  Thank stzw77
Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Visited this fascinating museum that was a combination of local tribe artefacts, World War II memorabilia and a vast collection of photographs tracing local history. It was very helpful in putting present day Goroka into perspective. It is very well set out and easily can...More

3  Thank Spit56
Reviewed September 11, 2016

Unfortunately photographing not permitted, but the items on display are very interesting. Guided tour by the staff

2  Thank Ushi-Guide
Reviewed July 29, 2015

It is a very interesting place to visit, lots of history. worth taking a look inside, good value for money.

1  Thank pacificgardenshotel
Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is an excellent museum established pre-independence and has great artifacts and old pictures. I marvel at the old picture of Eroll Flynn showing him on a ship- trading lugger-he worked in PNG before movies. A must see if in Goroka. Not open Sundays.

1  Thank gjmks
Reviewed May 21, 2015

Remember we are in PNG; this museum is packed full of artifacts and photos that give a very good history of the highlands both native and colonial. They were also kind enough to stay open a little longer to allow me to see it and...More

1  Thank Kathleen L
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Nice small museum with exhibits from early outside contact, World War II and early days of Goroka. J.K. McCarthy was one of PNG’s early patrol officers who wrote the classic book on New Guinea patrolling - Patrol into Yesterday. An P-39 Aircobra aircraft is mounted...More

3  Thank WallyFL
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