National Museum & Art Gallery
The main Parliament Haus building is in the style of a Maprik- or Sepik-style haus tambaran , while the attached, circular cafeteria...
National Library & Archives
An independence gift from Australia, this library houses a huge PNG collection.
An excellent selection of Highland coffees and delectable cakes in refined yuppy surroundings on the first floor of Vision City Mall....
Independence Dr · interesting places nearby
National Museum & Art Gallery information
This superb museum, beautifully remodelled for the country's 40th anniversary of independence, is the best introduction you can get to Papua New Guinea's rich indigenous culture. Subtly lit exhibits are divided by theme: musical instruments, body adornments, ceremonial kundu and garamut drums, seafaring equipment (including a magnificent Milne Bay outrigger canoe decorated in large cowrie shells and ornate canoe splashboards), elaborate masks and vast totem poles from the Sepik are all present and correct. Take your time.
See if you can spot an agiba (skull rack), yam cult masks, kina shell money, a kawarigit (carved ceremonial stool from the Sepik), bark cloth masks and colourful shields from New Britain and headgear featuring bird-of-paradise feathers.
Other displays cover the geography, fauna, culture, ethnography and history of PNG.