Museum sights in The Highlands
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JK McCarthy was one of PNG's legendary patrol officers and wrote one of the classic books on New Guinea patrolling - Patrol into Yesterday. The museum is not far from the National Sports Institute, but a long walk from the town centre.
Among the exhibits are pottery, weapons, clothes and musical instruments, and even some grisly jewellery - Anga mourning necklaces of human fingers! 'Peer through the mists of time' courtesy of a fascinating collection of photos - many taken by Mick Leahy when he first reached the area in 1933. There are also WWII relics, including a P-39 Aircobra.
There's a tiny museum in a stockaded compound and most of the items in the small display are for sale. The place is a sort of old mens' home and a couple of older fellows show you around and accept your donation. The covered structure in the compound is the grave of a former provincial premier, and you'll see similar (but usually smaller) structures all around the Tari area.