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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 8 Attractions in Papeete
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents...
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Type: Specialty Museums, 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 gems.
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Brampton, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
30 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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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Ottawa, ON
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127 reviews 127 reviews
26 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Walking along Rue Pomare at the corner of Rue du Tempe we discovered the Robert Wan Pearl shop and Pearl Museum, claimed to be the largest pearl museum in the world. The museum is free and was a wonderful discovery. The museum is divided in two sections with the retail operation in the centre of the building . There are... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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179 reviews 179 reviews
94 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

We probably spent close to an hour here. We are not planning a pearl factory tour, but wanted the low-down and got it here. Wan has clearly made this a showcase for his industry and wants his employees to live up to the promise that the store is integrated for patrons' convenience and education, not to push sales. They are... More 

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Redlands, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

As we entered, we were greeted by an obvious sales person, but asked if we were there for the museum. After responding 'Yes', we were left to ourselves. It is a small museum, but VERY well put together! I learned a lot about the creation of a pearl, and the history of it's use. Prices in the store area were... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
58 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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529 reviews 529 reviews
239 attraction reviews
364 helpful votes 364 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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20 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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