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.
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