Three of a kind

Mu­se­ums

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NAT IONAL MU­SEUM & ART GALL ERY, PORT MORESBY, PNG

Re­mod­elled for Pa­pua New Guinea’s 40th an­niver­sary of in­de­pen­dence in 2015, the mu­seum is a por­tal into the coun­try’s rich nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage. It tells multi-lay­ered sto­ries about the in­dige­nous cul­ture, cov­er­ing ge­og­ra­phy, fauna, cul­ture, ethnog­ra­phy and his­tory. As you wan­der through the four ex­hi­bi­tions, you’ll dis­cover tribal ar­ti­facts from all across the is­lands, in­clud­ing head­gear with bird-of-par­adise feathers, masks and other body adorn­ments, tools, weapons, kina shell money, cer­e­mo­nial drums and ca­noes.

SOME­THING SPE­CIAL

There’s a col­lec­tion of re­cov­ered World War 2 air­craft on the en­trance lawn, in­clud­ing the 90-year-old Ford Tri­mo­tor 5AT-C ‘Kokoda Spirit’, Orig­i­nally an air am­bu­lance that whisked wounded Aus­tralian sol­diers off the Kokoda Trail, it’s es­pe­cially per­ti­nent to see this year for Kokoda’s 75th an­niver­sary.

DON’T MISS

The stun­ning carved totem poles, used to dec­o­rate spirit houses in the Sepik re­gion, in the Mas­ter­piece Ex­hi­bi­tion.

EN­TRY & HOURS

By do­na­tion. Open 8.30am–3.30pm Monday– Fri­day; 1–3pm Sun­day. Closed Satur­day.

WEB­SITE

mu­se­umpng.gov.pg

EDO-TO KYO MU­SEUM, TO KYO, JA­PAN

This cav­ernous mu­seum dives into the city’s 300-year trans­for­ma­tion from Edo ( Tokyo’s orig­i­nal name) feu­dal city, to vi­brant mod­ern cap­i­tal. Get a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the way Ja­panese peo­ple used to live from the city mod­els (some full-size, some minia­ture with in­tri­cate mini peo­ple and build­ings), re­pro­duc­tions of an­cient maps and wood­block prints. There are vol­un­teer English-speak­ing guides, and you’ll need at least two hours to see all six floors.

SOME­THING SPE­CIAL

The life-sized par­tial replica of the orig­i­nal 1872 Ni­hon­bashi bridge, which marked the cen­tre of the flour­ish­ing Ni­hon­bashi com­mer­cial dis­trict in the Edo pe­riod is re­mark­able. Stand­ing on the bridge, vis­i­tors can look down on life-size mod­els of ten­e­ment row houses, a kabuki the­atre and more.

DON’T MISS

On Satur­days there are of­ten free tra­di­tional cul­tural pro­grams, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional Ja­panese mu­sic con­certs. But you’d bet­ter hurry: the mu­seum will be closed for ren­o­va­tion from Oc­to­ber 2017 to March 2018.

EN­TRY & HOURS

600 yen (PGK17). Open daily 9.30am–5.30pm, ex­cept Mon­days.

WEB­SITE

edo-tokyo-mu­seum.or.jp/en

MU­SEUM OF NEW ZEALA ND, TE PAPA, TO NGAREWA, WELL INGTO N, NZ

Te Papa, New Zealand’s na­tional mu­seum, is pos­si­bly the most hands-on way to learn about the coun­try’s his­tory. In­side you’ll find an in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion of Maori ar­ti­facts, Pa­cific and NZ his­tory gal­leries, the na­tional art col­lec­tion, as well as themed hands-on ‘dis­cov­ery cen­tres’ for chil­dren, spread over six floors. There’s also a real 495-kilo­gram colos­sal squid in a six-me­tre tank in the Moun­tains to Sea ex­hibit.

SOME­THING SPE­CIAL Bush City is a lush, sprawl­ing gar­den by the har­bour, with board­walks and a swing bridge where you can get a taste of NZ’s na­tive bush and wetlands. You can also ex­plore a sta­lac­tite-draped glow-worm cave, dig for fos­sils and climb a lava flow.

DON’T MISS The ‘Gal­lipoli: The Scale of Our War’ ex­hi­bi­tion (open un­til 2018) ex­plores NZ’s role in the World War 1 Gal­lipoli cam­paign via the ex­pe­ri­ences of eight New Zealan­ders. The hyper-real mod­els, made by cel­e­brated spe­cial ef­fects com­pany Weta Work­shop, makes it feel fas­ci­nat­ingly real.

EN­TRY & HOURS

Free. Spe­cial tours ex­tra. Open 10am– 6pm, seven days.

WEB­SITE

tepapa.govt.nz

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