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

Boulevard Pomare, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Papeete
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents exhibits depicting the art, history, philosophy and mythology of these beautiful... more » Owner description: The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents exhibits depicting the art, history, philosophy and mythology of these beautiful gems. « less
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Spokane, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It provided an 'eye-popping' selection of black pearls to whet your appetite and a bit of the background of the industry. It's an easy visit in an hour or so and very enjoyable.

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Bellingham, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The museum is a set of very elaborate, life-size dioramas illustrating the history of the pearl. Wan's also has a fine collection of pearls in custom settings, which I enjoyed looking at. There are salespeople around, but they are not high-pressure and are respectful.

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San Francisco, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Although small, this museum covers everything you might want to know about pearls. The museum is housed inside the WAN Pearl store. When you enter, on your left are exhibits focusing on the history, technique and science relating to pearls. On the right-hand side of the store are exhibits that include WAN's personal pearl collection (the largest pearl in the... More

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Orlando, FL
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51 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Nicely presented set of exhibits on pearls and how they are grown and harvested. Also has mouth-watering examples of pearl jewelry which just happen to be for sale. No pressure to buy, but they are happy to show you items if you are interested. See the Robert Wan pearl which is the largest pearl ever found as well as long... More

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Reno, Nevada
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154 attraction reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The museum is part of a Robert Wan store. Their aren't a ton of displays but enough to hold your interest for 10 -15 minutes. The store is nice as well. You get to see the world's largest pearl. I wouldn't go out of my way to see this museum but for us it was on the way into town... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is not at all what I expected for a museum. There was some great information on Tahitian pearls and their history, but the other half of the building is taken up as a pearl store - and an expensive one at that! Worth heading in though if you aren't going to go to a pearl farm. *Traveled in August... More

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Norfolk, VA
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The museum part is informative, well laid out, and has some impressive historical pieces (crowns, gowns, etc), with all information in at least 5 languages. But, the sales section will blow you away...wow, great, high end jewelry! We had the good fortune of visiting on 23 Dec when they were having their corporate Christmas party, with champagne, hors d'oeurves, and... More

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Seattle
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Not a must see or do. Given the small amounts of cultural history available in Papeete, this at least addresses a local industry with some history. The displays are nice. So for lack of anything else to do, visit the museum. If you see it, stop in. If you miss it? nothing truly lost.

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Noosa, Australia
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The museum is part of a shop but there's no pressure to buy anything - in fact some of the items on sale are nearly as interesting as the museum items.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I was really surprised to find that this Pearl Museum was free. It has stunning displays of pearl jewellery, including some used by international royalty. Checkout the story of Cleopatra dissolving a huge black pearl in vinegar and drinking it to impress Marc Antony! The many different colours of black pearls is amazing to see in the necklaces and bracelets... More

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