Exposition permanenteMusée MaritimeNDM

Temporary Exhibition from September 2nd till October 30th 2016


This exhibition is the result of a shared work between the Escoffier Vocational High School and the Maritime Museum of New Caledonia. It invites you to walk around different locations of a 18th century ship from the hold up to the officers' table and to discover the living conditions on board. 

Smell, taste and share the officers' refined meals or the sailors' ration. Learn about the cooking, the health conditions and the food and water supplying on board. 


Special Exhibition November 14th 2015 to March 13th 2016

Six years after France took possession of New Caledonia, the budding colony's maritime traffic was beginning to suffer from a lack of aids to navigation. In 1861, the Lights and Buoys Commission in Paris decided to commission the building of a lighthouse. This new beacon was to be built of cast-iron and set on Amédée Island, a small islet on the barrier reef, on the edge of Boulari Pass. The design was entrusted to Mr Léonce Reynaud, noted architect and engineer, and construction began in 1861 in Paris.

The structure was first assembled in Paris for testing, then (1864) dismantled and shipped to New Caledonia in pieces, onboard the Emile Pereire. The voyage took five months to reach Port-de-France (the earlier name of Noumea). The new lighthouse was erected on the site under the management of engineer Stanislas Bertin.

On November 15, 1865, Mrs Guillain, wife of Governor Guillain, ceremoniously lit the new lighthouse's lamp for the first time.

The exhibition can bee seen on the ground floor of the Musée Maritime




March 1st to March 31, 2015

This temporary exhibition was prepared by the French Navy with the help of the National Veterans Association (Office National des Anciens Combattants et Victimes de Guerre) and describes the evolution of the Navy Base over the last 60 years. 14 posters presenting a great variety of documents and photos will help you understand better this aspect of New Caledonia's maritime history.

The exhibition is set up in the main hall of the Museum.



In 1968, divers from the French Navy discovered the wreck of the Seine, a French naval corvette which foundered near Pouebo on the East coast of New Caledonia in 1846.

The Museum has set up an exhibition designed to take the visitor step by step through the sequence of events which led to the presence of this French man-of-war off the coast of New Caledonia seven years before France officially took possession of the territory, and the top-secret mission that the French government had entrusted to François Leconte, her Captain.

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September 26, 2014 to March 1st, 2015

Two thirds of our planet are under salt water. Salt is a substance that is essential to life on earth.

Salt is not only a necessary element of our diet, it is also an excellent way of preserving perishable foodstuffs.

In the past, salt was a precious commodity, sometimes even used as currency. In 14th century France, there was a special tax on salt.

The salt-marches of Noumea have long been closed, but others have been established at Kô, near Poingam in the far North of the main island.

The exhibition is set up in the main hall of the Museum.