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Paul Gauguin Museum

PK 51, 2 Papeari | Taravao, French Polynesia
(689) 57.10.58
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Ranked #16 of 19 attractions in Tahiti
Type: Art Museums, Ballets
Traveler Description: This museum houses exhibits that are dedicated to Gauguin's life in French Polynesia. You can see sculptures, wood carvings, and engravings. The... more »
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Herzlia, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

we wwer sorry to hear the museum was closed,so we went to the restaurant there which was open and a good one. facing the ocean.nice garden,good service.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

A review of the museum just before it closed. It is located right on the water's edge on Tahiti's south coast. Built with money from the Singer family, of sewing machine fame, they were great collectors of Gauguin's art. There are very few original artworks of his on display. What you will see when it reopens is ceramics, early sketches... More

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Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

It is disappointing that they don't have a single original piece of his work in this museum. The replicas are of ok quality. There is a lot of interesting information to read and the open air building is pleasant.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

As of September of 2013 the museum is still closed with opening tentatively planned for mid-2014. I couldn't even get through the front entrance. It’s probably best to check with the Tourism Office in central Papeete or scour the Internet thoroughly if you’re really set on a visit. The good news is that there is an adjoining botanical gardens that... More

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Naalehu, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Imagine leaving Papeete headed towards Tahiti Iti, a little rounded peninsula almost disconnected from Tahiti Island, and seeing a sign saying "Paul Gauguin Museum. Of course we pull in since Tahiti was where Gauguin produced his most famous body of work. We were expecting maybe one or two remaining Gauguin that had not been sucked up by a collector or... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We went and only found workmen. It does look run down and we were told maybe shut for another year?! Best check in the tourist office before going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I've always loved Gauguin's work and been fascinated by his time in French Polynesia, so the museum was a bit of a required destination. Sure, its not up to European standards...its not climate controlled, its quiet open and a bit dusty. Yes, there are no major canvasses....they are all elsewhere. Nevertheless the museum gives a fascinating insight into Gauguin and... More

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Elmira, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Part of the bus trip after our Paul Guaguin Cruise. It was very interesting and learned a lot about the region.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Unexpected surprise to find this museum at only $6 USD in this otherwise expensive location. There was a very good collection of Paul Gauguin art in this nicely laid out building. It's small, and not climate controlled, so very hot and we didn't stay as long as we would have liked to because of the heat. But very glad we... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The museum was closed but we were able to walk through the adjacent gardens for a fee. This was not worthwhile as the potentially interesting gardens were poorly maintained and the walkways and directions were badly marked out. It seemed that the amount of attention that had been given to the area in recent times was low.

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