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Museums, libraries, cultural areas - Noumea has many wonders to discover or to revisit…
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The Town Museum
Place des Cocotiers (Coconut Square), city centre. Tel.: 26 28 05. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9h to 17h, and Saturdays from 9h to 13h and from 14h to 17h.
Located in a colonial-era building, the Town Museum is an invitation to step into New Caledonia’s history: the beginnings of the city, life in colonial times, the impact of two world wars, the role of nickel.
Temporary exhibitions are also organised throughout the year.
The gardens, a break in the heart of the city
The Museum is set in a garden planted with fragrant, endemic and even historic plants. Stroll between colourful banks and back into time as you discover this traditional garden from another era.
Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Avenue des Accords-de-Matignon, Tina. Tel.: 41.45.45. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9h to 17h.
In a verdant setting, the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, made up of ten futuristic huts designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, is home to not only contemporary Kanak and Pacific art works but also to ancient pieces of Kanak heritage.
Beu Ya. Share in Kanak traditions and knowledge, the experiences of the country’s men and women and a traditional meal. 1st Saturday of the month (except in January and February) or on request.
Kanak Pathway show. Discover the legend of the first man in an original presentation as you move along the pathway. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 14h30.
For more information on the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, visit the website centre culturel Tjibaou
New Caledonian Museum
Corner of Avenue Foch and Rue Eugène-Porcheron, Quartier-Latin. Tel.: 27.23.42. Open every day except Tuesday from 9h to 11h30 and from 12h15 to 16h30.
A sweeping view of the art, culture and social life of Melanesian societies through a major collection of petroglyphs, carvings and sculptures, funeral masks and everyday objects. On the first Sunday of each month, entry is free. Guided visits around the Pacific collections are available all year, reservation required.
For more information on the New Caledonian Museum, visit the website musée de Nouvelle-Calédonie
6, boulevard Extérieur, Faubourg-Blanchot. Tel.: 25..07.50.
Open Mondays to Fridays from 7h15 to 15h30 and for shows in the evening. Free admission
Nouville Convict Settlement
Heritage guide Alain Fort holds a discovery tour of Nou Island, the chapel, the prison cells... Wednesdays, Saturdays at 14h or on request.
Duration: 2 hours. Rate: 1 500 F per adult (free for children). Bookings by phone: 26.48.13.
Faubourg Heritage Trail
To read or re-read
Bibliothèque Bernheim - Bernheim Library
Avenue du Maréchal-Foch, City Centre. Tel.: 24.20.90.
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 13h to 17h30; Wednesdays from 9h to 17h30; and Saturdays from 9h to 16h. Library is closedduring summer.
There are thousands of books and CDs to borrow and many magazines to read in this historic building, installed at the end of the 19th century.
For more information on the Bernheim Library, visit the website bibliothèque Bernheim
Rivière Salée multi-media library
4, rue Raphaël-Ménard, Rivière- Salée Commercial Centre. Tel.: 41.54.02.
Open Tuesdays from 13h30 to 17h30; Wednesdays from 10h30 to 17h30; Fridays from 13h30 to 17h30; and Saturdays from 9h to 12h30 and from13h30 to 16h30 until 21 December.
Nearly 40,000 documents to borrow, including 6,500 CDs and DVDs, some 25,000 books, three specialised collections (books and magazines) on New Caledonia, story books and parenting, plus 120 magazine titles .
Maison du livre de la Nouvelle-Calédonie - New Caledonia’s « House of Books »
21, route du Port-Despointes, Faubourg-Blanchot.
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from11h30 to 17h30. Closed from 24 to 29 December.
For more information on the Maison du livre, visit the website Maison du livre
- Writing workshops, Mondays from 17h30 to 19h30.
- Art binding workshops, Tuesdays from 8h to 11h. Enrolment by phone on 28 65 10 or by email: accueil@Maisondulivre.nc
- Pass-on-the-books. From 11 December, this initiative will enable books to be passed around, without signing up, with the aim of offering easier book access and developing a taste for reading.
- Bibliothèque de l’imaginaire - the Library of imagination. 3,000 science fiction and fantasy texts which can be borrowed, free of charge, after having bought a membership card. Saturdays (except public holidays) from 13h30 to 17h30 when the Sci-Fi Club is present.
The Tjibaou Cultural Centre multi-media library
Avenue des Accords-de-Matignon, Tina.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9h to 17h. Closed for annual inventory during summer. Information: 41.45.45.
Numerous written, iconographic, audio and audio-visual documents focusing mainly on Pacific and Kanak culture are available to the public: free consultation of books, reviews, CDs, DVDs, videos and CD-ROMs. Reservations required for access to the iconographic collection and audio-visual archives.