PNG Refurbishes National Museum

Papua New Guinea’s only museum, which was facing possible closure, has been re-opened after a major refurbishment.

The PNG National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby was an independence gift from Australia 43 years ago, but it had become rundown through lack of support from the government. The PNG National Museum and Art Gallery [NMAG] was built in 1975 and opened to the public in 1977. It houses artifacts from 19 provinces of the country. The earliest collection dates back to the 1800’s by early administrator of Papua, Sir William MacGregor.

NMAG is the “spiritual house” for the rich natural, cultural and contemporary heritage of this country. The museum is owned by the people of Papua New Guinea and to date has well over 30,000 anthropological collections, more than 25,000 archeological collections, more than 18,000 natural science collections, more than 20,000 war relics and more than 7000 contemporary art collections.

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Museum spokesperson Tamzin Wardley said the institution is a very active entity with staff working to preserve PNG’s historical heritage.

She said the renovation program was made possible by a further gift from Australia at the country’s 40th anniversary in 2015 and the work has been underway since.

Ms Wardley said there are now five new exhibition spaces. “All the galleries have been renamed after very important people who represent different elements of society here in PNG. The exhibitions cover a whole raft of different collections that the museum has. The museum has over 30,000 objects in storage and there’s about 500 of them on display in the new exhibition spaces.”

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Visit the museum’s Website by clicking here.

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