OVERVIEW: Enjoy the sights of Noumea as you travel through the city en route to the acclaimed Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, an exhibition and performance space dedicated to the promotion of local Kanak culture. HIGHLIGHTS: Learn about the culture, arts and history of the indigenous inhabitants of New Caledonia on a guided tour of the center, whose design, by award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano, blends traditional and modern styles. NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 500 meters over uneven surfaces, with some steps.
Enjoy the sights of Noumea as you travel through the city en route to the acclaimed Tjibaou Cultural Center in Noumea, an exhibition and performance space dedicated to the promotion of local Kanak culture.
Board the bus at the pier and enjoy the main sights of Noumea as you travel across the city to the acclaimed Tjibaou Cultural Center, located across the peninsula on a ridge site in a tree-filled natural setting.
The center opened in 1998 and was named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the leader of New Caledonia’s independence movement who was assassinated in 1989. Tjibaou had advocated for an agency to promote Kanak heritage. The French government tapped famed Italian architect Renzo Piano, whose projects include the Pompidou Center in Paris, to design the center. The resulting complex of galleries and performance spaces blends elements of traditional Kanak building and modern principles, with landscaping wholly integrated into the overall design.
The unique buildings house a comprehensive collection of artifacts that represent Kanak and South Pacific art, customs and history. Guides will escort you through several exhibits, explaining in detail the myths and belief systems of Kanak society. While walking along the covered paths that link the different pavilions, called “cases,” you’ll discover the special plants are significant in Kanak culture.
What to Bring:
--SeaPass card and photo identification
--Optional cash for gift shop purchases and refreshments
What to Wear:
--Guests must be able to walk approximately 500 meters over uneven surfaces, with some steps.
--The cultural center has a cafeteria and gift shop. The gift shop is closed on Mondays.