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

Address: Boulevard Pomare, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
Phone Number: 689 40 46 15 55
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Ranked #4 of 10 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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Paris, France
1 review
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
30 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
27 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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99 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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