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“Great crash course on Micronesian culture & history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Etpison Museum

Etpison Museum
P.O. Box 7049, Koror, Koror Island 96940, Palau
680-488-6730
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Ranked #11 of 12 attractions in Koror
Type: History Museums
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Owner description: This museum contains paintings and antique maps of Old Palau.
Flagstaff, Arizona
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“Great crash course on Micronesian culture & history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I stumbled across this museum while walking around Koror after my flight landed. What a great museum it has three floors of cultural and historical displays that cover all of the vast micronesian island groups from the Northern Marianas all the way down to the Line Islands and everything inbetween. For $5 admission I spent two hours there and could have stayed even longer

Visited October 2012
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Vancouver
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“culture & history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The museum consists of 3 areas - and is a great insight into the history and culture of Palau, some of which is still very active till today. Any questions can be asked and answered by the lady at the front, who we found very helpful and friendly. Don't miss the skeleton of the whale which is suspended in the gift shop. Also the prices and the quality of items in the gift shop is far better than any of those found in the shops in town.

Visited October 2012
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“Small, but nice gift shop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

The Etpison family have been instrumental in Palau. The museum showcases some local history and info about the islands.

Visited June 2012
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“Worth a trip for the gift shop alone, but buy your storyboard elsewhere.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

The reviews led me to believe the gift shop is more impressive than the museum, so I only visited the former. You can go straight up to the gift shop on the second floor without paying admission.

I can say that the gift shop is indeed impressive. I spent a fair amount of time admiring everything. They even have a giant whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling.

The purpose of my visit was to shop for a story board. Others indicated this is a good place to purchase one. However, during my visit the selection was minimal and the prices high. I really only wanted a medium or small-sized story board, and most of the ones here were large and quite expensive. While I didn't purchase my storyboard from here, I did enjoy my visit to the gift shop and the staff were so nice.

For those looking for a good selection of story boards, I would suggest going to the Prisoner's Gift Shop at the Koror prison. And you can negotiate the price. I purchased a story board for $80 that had a sticker price of $175. Even more fun, they bring in the prisoner who carved the story board to negotiate the price with you in person.

Visited August 2012
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Guam, Mariana Islands
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“More time in the Gift Shop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

The architectural design of the Etpison Museum was impressive. A small fee for a short tour. Not much to see and displays lacked full description, if any. Few artifacts, some poster size pictures and some models. Great model of an Abai on display. A good 30 minute tour. Nice ballisters on the stairway leading up to the second floor which only had a gift shop. Spent more time in the gift shop. More to look at there. Not too many ancient displays available and definitely not handicap accessible.

Visited July 2012
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