Massim Museum

Massim Museum, Alotau: Hours, Address, Massim Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Massim Museum
4.5
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Museum currently has two history exhibitions: The Rise and Fall of Samarai, and Milne Bay's place in WWII: The Battle of Milne Bay 1942. More contemporary displays include paintings & objects created by Milne Bay artists and weavers. The museum's permanent collection includes 40 carvings and 12 story boards from the Malinowski Legacy forum carving project. The museum is not for profit and your donation will help to keep us growing and serving the community
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Julie I
Madrid, Spain19 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
Beautifully laid out with gorgeous light!!
Especially loved the mention of the PNG heros and heroines!!! During the Milne Bay battle(s).
Lovely gift shop with hand made souvenirs.
Wonderful craftsmanship in larger item but smaller affordable items to purchase as well.

Definitely worth a visit! Photographs mixed with the art work!
Written 18 December 2018
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BarbaraHRockwell
Glastonbury, CT150 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
We arrived by ship and planned to walk to the museum. Turns out the museum has moved and is now only a very short walk from the pier. As you leave the cruise area, there will be people on the corners with signs. These are local tour providers. If you tell them you are going to the museum, a museum person will point the way and probably escort you. They have badges identifying them as museum guides. As far as i can tell, this is a no charge service.

The museum has 3 rooms. One is about Milne Bay, another is about PNG history and the 3rd featured wood carving traditions on different islands. The displays are in English. Our guide was fabulous. She was really happy to sit and talk about her culture, education system, her children, women’s culture—she was curious and interesting. It was a worthwhile experience. The museum is expanding and will be moving again.
Written 3 December 2018
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Justine B
53 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
This tiny museum was part of our arranged P&O tour along with a micro canoe festival. Some lovely pieces of work and interesting miltary facts. Overall we found we learned as much about the PNG culture talking directly with locals and the same/betters treasures in vast markets on other islands. Alotau in general was a bit too commercial for us but the staff here at the museum were quite friendly.
Written 26 November 2017
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Hi Justine, thanks for visiting. We are working on improving our offerings in the shop and have recruited about 8 volunteers who will be able to give little guided tours of the museum so we hope the experience will continue to improve in the months to come.
Written 28 November 2017
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia6,031 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
The museum visit formed part of our tour in Alotau. It opened officially on October 15th, 2016. There are some very interesting exhibits that showcase the history of the area and the local culture. The timber carvings are fascinating, particularly the statuettes depicting aspects of ceremonial life. It includes a photographic display of some historical interest. Various men's loincloths and women's skirts and shawls are displayed with very good information relating to each exhibit. I felt that we needed an informed guide to accompany us as, although there is very good printed information, it just needed that personal touch to place exhibits in context. Nice souvenir section with prices comparable to most museums. Helpful friendly young lady at the entrance who assisted where possible. Well worth the visit for an introduction to the local history.
Written 1 November 2017
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Douglas T
Los Altos, CA1,754 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
This museum is quite new. It appeared to be run mostly by Australian Expats. Nice new building and lots of history on the area in WWII and the development of Alotau as the administrative center of the province. Also lots of nice carvings and a few good historical pieces. This is a place to watch in development, but it was a key part of our day in Alotau.
Written 30 October 2017
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188petere
Brisbane, Australia1,626 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Attended as part of a P&O organised Cultural Festival tour & found the museum quite informative, relatively basic but provided a cultural history (artefacts, canoes) as well as the military history.

The cultural festival was a bit more commercialised - small buses transport guests for the 10 min trip from the port on rough roads, a covered stage hosts various tribal dancers & singers, canoes do a short demonstration before giving guests a ride, various stalls selling local & mass produced goods.

There is also some food available on site - a coffee shop,cans of drinks.

Worth a visit - quite educational even though the cultural festival is a bit commercialised.
Written 12 October 2017
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mommadoc1
NYC197 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a lovely small, new museum with a dynamic director who is passionate about PNG crafts. The museum had an interesting tree of languages, an interesting craft store, unusual and interesting books and beautiful displays of different pieces of art.
If you are in Alotau, this is the only thing to see!
Written 4 September 2017
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VeroniqueM68
Brisbane, Australia110 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Attended as part of off-ship tour ( no issues with entrance fee, hoping P&O make a significant payment). Also saw various PNG dancing groups outside and upstairs as part of the Cultural Festival re-enactment.

Also two fantastic contemporary dancers (Warrior and Sea Creature) but have been unable to find them on FB - any ideas ???
Written 23 August 2017
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,744 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
It’s situated in the former conference room of the main building of Wanigili. Various carvings and photos from the past as well as a couple of war canoes were displayed. On the front door there was a sign that said it’s free for the locals (please see the attached photo). As we had lived and worked in Milne Bay as volunteers for many years, the local people consider us as locals. So we entered the museum with our PNG counterparts.
Then, the Australian curator, who’s been new to PNG, came out and said that she had to charge K25 per tourist. When we said that we were not tourists, she questioned us further and told us that she’d give us discounted admission fee of K12.50! Why couldn’t she put up a clear sign of admission fees on the door? It may be a nice museum, but we didn’t feel welcomed.
It’s open from Wednesday to Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm. If you are interested in visiting the museum, you can walk from town about 1km along Abel Highway, but there is no street sign to indicate where Wanigili (Education Milne Bay) is. So it would be best for you to catch a “town bus” to “KB” from the bus interchange in town, and ask the offsider to drop you off at Education Milne Bay. Then, walk towards the waterfront. You will soon see a large timbered building with a red roof and the sign that says “Wanigili.”
When returning to the town, you can either walk back or catch a PMV from where you got off the bus. The bus fare is only K1. If you decide to walk back, be careful along the bush between Napatana Lodge and the Fire Station.
Written 9 March 2017
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Hi Ray, Thanks for your review, and also the transport information. I'll add that to our page. We want you to feel welcome at the Massim Museum, so please come down again and visit (with no entry fee of course - check out some of our new gorgeous Trobs carvings in the gift shop!) and we'll make sure it's a pleasant experience. You've raised a good point about the "Locals free sign" and it sounds like the way we handled your query about whether you were a local, made your visit less than fun. We'll get the policy sorted out quickly now so it doesn't happen to anyone else. The background to the sign is that the foundation is a not-for-profit and funding is very limited, so the Museum does try to collect a little at the front door, to keep those doors open, but at the same time, we want to make sure that everyone from Milne Bay, where wages are predominately very low, can visit and check out some of their own amazing artifacts (If you've seen this handled sensitively anywhere else we are very open to suggestions). Kind regards, Susan
Written 11 March 2017
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210Chris
Limassol City, Cyprus46 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
The museum is an asset for Alotau,with interesting exhibits , not far away from the city centre, with staff very willing to assist and explain. Not huge but very cozy with warm wall colours. Dont leave Alotau without visiting the museum
Written 14 November 2016
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Massim Museum is open:
  • Wed - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM