Three of a kind

Mu­se­ums in Port Moresby, Tokyo and Bali.

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PNG Na­tional Mu­seum and Art Gallery

OVER­VIEW The mu­seum and gallery, based in sev­eral dif­fer­ent sites, has well over 30,000 an­thro­po­log­i­cal col­lec­tions and more than 7000 con­tem­po­rary art col­lec­tions. HIGH­LIGHTS The fas­ci­nat­ing Life & Land Gallery records the lives of the early in­hab­i­tants of New Guinea, who ar­rived up to 50,000 years ago. The gallery also hosts a colour­ful col­lec­tion of pre­served bird spec­i­mens. BEST TREA­SURE The J.K. McCarthy Mu­seum holds pre­cious an­cient arte­facts in­clud­ing wooden dishes, stone mor­tars, stone blades and magic stones. DON’T MISS In the Mas­ter­piece Gallery check out the tall posts from the Sepik re­gion, which are used to dec­o­rate haus tam­barans (spirit houses), an­ces­tral boards from the Sepik peo­ple and in­tri­cately carved Malan­gan masks from New Ire­land.

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Mi­raikan, Na­tional Mu­seum of Emerg­ing Sci­ence and In­no­va­tion

OVER­VIEW Of­ten re­ferred to by proud lo­cals as the “Fu­ture Mu­seum”, high-tech Mi­raikan was cre­ated in 2001 by Ja­pan’s Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Agency. HIGH­LIGHTS In the Tsun­gari ex­hi­bi­tion area there is a huge in­ter­ac­tive board that al­lows you to ac­cess var­i­ous Earth ob­ser­va­tion data col­lected from sci­en­tists and re­search in­sti­tutes. BEST TREA­SURE In the hugely im­pres­sive Ro­bot World you can wit­ness demon­stra­tion ex­am­ples of Ja­pan’s lead­ing hu­manoid ro­bots. Also, a sec­tion of the Earth’s rock core records a ma­jor me­te­orite im­pact event that is be­lieved to have wiped out the di­nosaurs. DON’T MISS The real-time dis­plays of data from a huge ar­ray of seis­mome­ters across Ja­pan, which shows the coun­try gen­tly vi­brat­ing.

WEB­SITE

mi­raikan.jst.go.jp

Bali Mu­seum, Den­pasar, Bali

OVER­VIEW The mu­seum was built in 1931 and is de­signed in the style of a Den­pasar royal palace. HIGH­LIGHTS There are four main build­ings in­side the mu­seum: Ta­banan, dis­play­ing the­atri­cal masks and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, Karangasem, with sculp­tures and paint­ings, Bule­leng, with tex­tiles, and Timur with ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds. BEST TREA­SURE The pav­il­ion on the right side of the mu­seum, con­tains a col­lec­tion of prasati (bronzeage plaques) that sing the praises of a 10th-cen­tury king. DON’T MISS Make sure when you walk through the main build­ing that you see the stone sar­coph­a­gus (cof­fin) dated from 600BC to 800AD.

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