Exposition permanenteMusée MaritimeThe golden age of sea travel

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.