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28 May 2014

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Travellers to New York, USA who may have an interest in Melanesian cultures and arts should visit the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in that exciting city.

This magnificent 40,000 sq.ft area of one of the world's greatest museums houses the 'Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas' collection and was donated by Nelson Rockefeller and the family in memory of Michael.

At the entrance to the collection stands an information area including photos of Michael and the materials he gathered in PNG. A video also features Nelson and other members of the family explaining their bequest in Michael's honour.

It was my pleasure to again visit the Met last month and to enjoy what must be one of the finest displays of Oceanic artefacts anywhere on the planet.

To my mind, it is even a better collection than the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, but that's a subjective view.

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