Tongan National Centre

Tongan National Centre information

Street Taufa'ahau Rd
+676 23022
Getting there
bus Vaiola, from the eastern terminal on Vuna Rd
cultural tours adult/child PT or T$15.00/PT or T$8.00, dinner show PT or T$25.00/PT or T$13.00
Opening hours
Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00, cultural tours Mon-Fri 14:00, dinner show Tue & Thu 19:30
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Lonely Planet review

It would be a major feat to spend any time in Tonga without having a cultural experience, but a visit to the Tongan National Centre is a good spot to start. The museum contains historical artefacts and cultural items still in use today.

Good-value cultural tours include demonstrations of tapa making, weaving and basketry, traditional dancing and carving.

The dinner show starts with a kava ceremony, features traditional dishes cooked in an umu (underground oven), and has one of Tonga's best traditional dance and music shows.