Malangan totems from New Ireland, Baining masks from New Britain, shields from the Highlands, Sepik carved columns – the National Museum of Papua New Guinea is a superb introduction to Papua New Guinea’s rich indigenous art.
Recently renovated, this museum is worth an extended visit. Stroll through the themed exhibits for a window into Papua’s creativity and unlimited imagination in using all that nature can offer as a tool. Don’t miss the masterpiece room, exceptional just as its name suggests.
The National Museum of Papua New Guinea is a superb introduction to Papua New Guinea’s rich indigenous art.
Isolated for generations, each region, ethnic group and village has developed its own distinct techniques, shapes and style. Take your time in discovering impressive items such as a headdress proudly featuring bird-of-paradise feathers, kina shell money or kundu drums.
Stone, earth and wood, but also bark, seeds, skins, feathers and furs, seashells and even insect shells and spider webs are just some of the sheer diversity to be found inside, an incredible palette of materials to which candy papers, pearls, buttons and industrial paints have recently been added.
An anthropologist’s delight, other displays feature the flora and fauna, ethnography and history of PNG. Entry is free on weekdays and K10 for overseas visitors (adults). Free for children and students.