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Musee de la Perle Robert WAN - The Robert WAN Pearl Museum

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Address: Boulevard Pomare, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
Phone Number: 689 40 46 15 55
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Description: The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents exhibits...
The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents exhibits depicting the art, history, philosophy and mythology of these beautiful gems.
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This is a business, an interesting pearl shop actually, and its free museum is excellent and worth the visit. Highly recommended.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Slidell, Louisiana
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Slidell, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a business, an interesting pearl shop actually, and its free museum is excellent and worth the visit. Highly recommended.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This fellow is a big pearl jewelry designer. They have a small history of pearls display. They have pearl farms and raise their own pearls for inclusion with their jewelry. Check out the museum , look at the lovely jewelry but be aware that those are super premium prices.

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Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I guess the word museum is loose, this is not national treasure museum curated by the government. It is an elaborate pearl shop. Papeete is stuffed with pearl shops. the WAN brothers are Chinese immigrants who have done well in Tahiti, Robert has the tourism and pearls, his brothers has the Carrefour supermarket franchise and others. So don't be fooled... More 

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Oakville, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We tacked this venue on at the end of a long day walking around Papeete, but it was worth it. A great display of Tahitian black pearls, and the history of pearl diving and culturing. You are not pushed to purchase anything, although Mr, Wan would liek it if you did. Compare prices before you buy with other shops.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Shop looks nice. All black pearl were presented nicely. Did not buy because they were very expensive.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This museum is inevitable when you visit Tahiti ! The only one about the Polynesian treasure, the pearl

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West Islip, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

They have a room, half the building, with displays the origins and progression of pearl harvesting. The rest of the building is a pearl salesroom. The staff is very friendly and will explain the grades of pearls. They are not pushy at all but are there of course to try to sell you pearls.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We visited the pearl museum as we wanted more information about pearls. It is very small, and located inside the pearl shop in Papeete. There is a model of a diver under the ocean and some information about black pearls. In brief, it was rather disappointing and not very informative. Would not recommend just to go there to see the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The museum was free and is very small as it is located in the pearl shop. We felt they were trying to lure us to buy something. When we first entered the owner was all over us and showing us everything. Right when he noticed that we were just here to see the museum and not interested to buy anything,... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We thought it was a ripoff untill we went in. Great displays on how pearls are cultured and nurtured. Large dioramas. Many have explanations in multiple languages. Several large displays of pears in history. worth 30 -45 minutes. Near the sea shore. Walk around. No pressure from them to buy, Your wife may be tempted.

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