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The Vanuatu Cultural Centre

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Address: Saralana Park, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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great learning tool

it is a great experience to visit museums in different parts of the world, it gives you a better understanding of the culture, a very enjoyable visit

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This national museum is well worth a visit. While the unique displays are self-guided, you don't want to miss the sand drawing which has been recognized as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage practice. It is a mesmerizing art form that requires a gifted artist to leave his/her finger in place as the large picture unfolds in the sand on the floor.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

it is a great experience to visit museums in different parts of the world, it gives you a better understanding of the culture, a very enjoyable visit

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a brief visit here as part of our day learning more about Vanuatu's cultural history, and could have spent longer, but with a young child, it was a mostly superficial walk through.

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Thank Andrew P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting this island is a must see is the museum and cultural centre. It is one and the same thing with interesting exhibits teaching the visitor the culture and folklore of the island. When we were there, we were lucky enough to see a song and dance demonstration which was most welcoming. A place Worth going to.

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Southern Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Gave you an insight into Island life before the 'west came'. Lots of artifacts and good explanation of the life style

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We visited the beautiful musuem on my request - much to my husband's displeasure who can't stand anything remotely artistic or historic! We were both so happy with what we found here. It is not a large musuem, i dont think Vanuatu is overindulgent as a rule so i wasn't expecting grandeur in any sense. This gorgeous dedication to Vanuatu's... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The National Museum is very small and rather dated. There are lots of cabinets with traditional costumes and natural history specimens that look their age. The demonstration by the staff of the traditional sand drawings was fascinating to watch. The symmetry and intricacy of the symbols is incredible, especially when they are passed on from person to person.

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Thank geographyguy_11
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

a very interesting experience, probably needs to be upgraded to be more user friendly. The guides are wonderful and have an extreme amount of knowledge

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We visited the cultural centre on a quiet Saturday morning. We opted for the guide/sand drawing option (VT1500 per head) and it was well worth it. Edgar was our guide, and you can tell that he loves his country and culture. He did two sand drawings for us, one of men making masks and another of a kastom heart. He... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

It's hidden away in a non touristic area - but it's so beautifully done, and the local Ni Van staff have wonderful touching stories to tell. Don't miss the stories.

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