New Guinea Art specializes in providing artifacts from Papua New Guinea.  These artifacts are for the discerning collector who has a love of tribal art and artifacts.

How did oceanic art end up in South Dakota?

Joe Maierhauser has been the President and CEO of Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, South Dakota since 1994 and is an avid collector of Oceanic Art. When he's not researching opportunities to acquire new specimens for the Reptile Gardens collection, increase their medley of botanicals and flowering plants, or finding new ways to entertain and accommodate guests, Joe is passionately involved in the collection of New Guinea art and the preservation of this amazing culture.

I want to collect tribal art, but where do I start?

There are many pitfalls and hazards in collecting tribal art. Unscrupulous or just plain ignorant sellers often misrepresent pieces as either old or used when they are neither. What is "quality" tribal art and what isn't? What matters and what doesn't?

What matters is how it makes you feel each time you look at it or hold it in your hands. Does the piece "speak" to you? If an artifact speaks to you then each time you look at it or hold it you will feel connected to it. The same holds true of any type of art.

Moral of the story: Unless you have unlimited funds and want to become a world-renowned tribal art collector, buy what you like at a price you feel is fair. Learn more about New Guinea Art Categories and see a list of Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this fascinating art.

Visit our New Guinea Art website  and the Jungle Outpost to browse through our collection of tribal art and artifacts or look through our collection of artifacts in our warehouse.

Earl in Papua New Guinea

Collecting tribal art from New Guinea is a family tradition.  This tradition dates back to the 1960s when Reptile Gardens' globe-trotting founder, Earl Brockelsby first visited the island of Papua New Guinea. Today, Earl’s nephew, Joe Maierhauser continues to uphold this family legacy by collecting the tribal art of this region.  The collection of oceanic tribal art on the New Guinea Art website and the Jungle Outpost is unique to Reptile Gardens, and is something you’ll be hard-pressed to find at other Rapid City, SD attractions.

The Jungle Outpost Gallery contains an inventory of hundreds of pieces of oceanic tribal art, which were in New Guinea along the Sepik River, in the Highlands, and Papuan Gulf of Papua New Guinea.

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Sky Dome

Step inside the Sky Dome to experience a warm tropical climate while exploring our indoor jungle filled with exotic and unique flora and fauna. 

Rattlesnake Gulch Funtier Town

Try your hand at gemstone sluicing, go on a 3D safari, or test your aim at the shooting gallery! Our very own old west ghost town has numerous photo opportunities and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Cheyenne's Habitat

Cheyenne the bald eagle has been a permanent resident of Reptile Gardens for 11 years with permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maniac's habitat

Maniac is our resident giant saltwater crocodile. At over 16 feet long and1,350pounds, he is one of the largest giant crocodiles in the western hemisphere. If you don't see him at his enclosure inside the SkyDome, make sure to check outside!

Prairie Dog Town

Get down to eye-level with these fuzzy little animals and see firsthand what life is like in a typical prairie dog town!

Methuselah's Playground

Methuselah was a giant Galapagos Tortoise weighing in at over 600 pounds, and a long time resident of Reptile Gardens. His memory lives on at this playground featuring a bronze statue of Methuselah himself. 

Snake Show stage

Get up-close-and-personal with our snake ambassadors in this family-friendly snake handling show.

Gator Show stage

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans and one keeper...what could go wrong? Separate fact from fiction in this educational, family-friendly show and get a chance to pet Fluffy, our baby gator!

Bird Show stage

Interact with birds from around the world at the Bird Show, where they love to show off their beauty and intelligence. 

Gift Shop

Carrying a wide variety of Reptile Gardens souvenirs as well as educational books for every age and a variety of stunning rocks, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.

Green Parrot Cafe

Hungry? Refuel with buffalo burgers, The Maniac burger, Black Mamba Shakes, Indian Tacos, and more!

Giant Tortoise

Don't miss this photo opportunity! Get up-close and personal with these friendly giants who love to have their neck scratched and are great with kids. 

Tortuga Falls

Take a stroll through this meditative garden, gaze into our turtle and koi pond, listen to the waterfalls, and don't miss Darwin the Kookaburra! 

Walking Garden

We're about more than just Reptiles! Our outdoor gardens are beauty to be seen as they change throughout the season and year after year. 

Living Wall

This vertical garden is a wall of color that grows and changes through the Summer season creating striking patterns and unique portraits as it grows. 

Pet A Python

At the end of every snake show, you will get the opportunity to pet a python and chat with our knowledgeable show presenters. Don't forget your camera!