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“Unexpected pleasure”

Tjibaou Cultural Center
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3-Hour Guided Country Tour from Noumea
Ranked #4 of 67 things to do in Noumea
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Owner description: This distinctive piece of architecture contains exhibitions, artifacts and archives.
Melbourne, Australia
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Unexpected pleasure”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Because of mixed reviews on this site, we were pleasantly surprised by the center. Rich with cultural significance and architectural wonder, the gardens and the position on a spit of land are amazing.

The lack of history of the Kanak people elsewhere in Noumea was made up for here. One the exhibition rooms gave a detailed contemporary history of the Kanaks and their leaders, including Tjibaou.

We had a car for a couple of days and drove there but one of the bus lines stops out the front. We took our baguette, cheese and gateau with us and had a picnic along the Kanak trail.

The building had excited me from the photos on the web before we went and we were not disappointed. The space and grandeur is a statement of pride for the indigenous population and it was a privilege to visit.

Highly recommend it.

Visited September 2012
Thank Tim R
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“worth the visit”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

great architecture
nice people
reasonable coffee
interesting history
well presented
clean amenities
easy to get too with the shuttle bus......

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Teresa S
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good concept but lacks content”
Reviewed September 6, 2012 via mobile

There's no question the architecture and scenery of the cultural centre are impressive - they were absolutely the highlight of this venue. The content of exhibits however was patchy, did not provide a simple view of indigenous history and culture, focussing instead on specific events / people. Most of the exhibits had descriptions in French only, fails to recognise the opportunity to communicate to a wider audience. No audio guides offered. The restaurant was disappointing too.
Easy to travel to / from the venue on local bus from city centre.

Thank NMD263
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nothing to see”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you have almost no culture, why do you built such an big cultural center? The building is strange and the most interesting part, because there is nothing to see that is interesting. I don't know why they have built this place, absolutely not interesting. And a bad restaurant/cafe. Not worth going there, very disappointing.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank FrequentFlyerAlex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Stunning building!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Its worth going to visit for the architecture alone - amazing!

In a colonised country where the indigenous people are not very visible in the main city, and it feels more French than France, the Cultural Centre stands out. There is so much more information that could be provided in relation to the history of the Kanak people and the early settlement/prehistory of the New Caledonia islands, so that was a bit disappointing. Its also interesting to note what information isn't provided about the Center's namesake and the circumstances that led to his death.

Visited August 2012
Thank Mignonandchic
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