Welcome to the Museum of New Caledonia

Entrée du musée


Built in the seventies, the Museum of New Caledonia has been defined since the late eighties as a museum of societies. Its objectives are the presentation of Kanak and Caledonian people and the preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of New Caledonia.

The museum exhibits one of the most beautiful collections of Kanak art in the world, especially monumental sculptures, and the most complete from the point of view of the themes it addresses. It also has a remarkable collection of Pacific Island objects ranging from West Papua to Eastern Polynesia, inviting visitors to discover a collection of rich societies. Vanuatu is particularly well represented.


The museum of New Caledonia is ideally located: Moselle bay, close to the municipal market of Nouméa, it is close to the city center and its picturesque place.

The building that houses the museum, typical of the architecture of the sixties and sixties, is recognizable by its elaborate grilles, inspired by petroglyph motifs.

Its permanent and temporary exhibition rooms surround a patio lined with trees and shrubs belonging to species endemic to New Caledonia. A second garden, planted with columnar pines, is built on the model of a traditional Kanak habitat alley. It leads to the large southern hut, surrounded by plants that still keep Kanak houses today.

Opening times

9 am to 11:30 am and 12:15 pm to 4:30 pm, every day except Tuesdays and public holidays.

Entry fees

200 frs
Children less than 12 years old
School groups
Children from 12 to 18 years old
50 frs
50 frs
People over 60 years old
50 frs
Disabled people
50 frs

Group fees (per adult)

From 2 to 4 people
2000 frs
From 5 to 7 people
800 frs
From 8 to 10 people
500 frs
From 11 to 20 people
400 frs
School groups
3000 frs


Information and bookings

Musée de Nouvelle-Calédonie
Service des musées et du patrimoine

BP 2393 - 98846 Nouméa Cedex
Tel. (687) 27 23 42 ou (687) 27 06 47
Fax : (687) 28 41 43 - mail: smp@gouv.nc