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Shore Excursion Details

Tjibaou Cultural Center

Noumea, New Caledonia

Tjibaou Cultural Center

DETAILS

  • 2
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Family Recommended

Discover the Pacific region’s rich and varied indigenous culture at the Tjibaou Cultural Center, a complex of galleries and performance spaces that celebrate native life.


Transfer to the Tjibaou Cultural Center, which even from the outside, it's stunning; it is one of the finest examples of modern architecture in Oceania.


The center's collection of sail-like pavilions was patterned after the traditional thatched huts of the native Kanaks. Designed in the late 1990s by Italian architect Renzo Piano (winner of the 1998 Pritzker prize), the center was named for Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the assassinated leader of an independence movement who envisioned a place where the artistic and linguistic heritage of the Kanaks would be celebrated. This is Tjibaou's dream realized.


Your guided tour begins by walking the Kanak path, which tells the story of man's creation through the myths and beliefs of the Kanak society. The path is lined with indigenous medicinal plants cited in the myths, further underlining the importance of the bond between nature and the Kanak people. There are also several gardens representing topics such as rebirth, the duality of men and women, and the spiritual relationship between the visible and invisible worlds.


The exhibits inside the center's three separate villages reveal the Kanak culture through painting, sculpture and traditional music and dance performances. One of the most moving exhibits is devoted to the life and work of Tjibaou.


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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks

Activity Level:

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    Moderate
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    Challenging
Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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