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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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$51*
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Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Papeete
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Spokane, Washington
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“Pearls 'Primer'”
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.

Visited February 2014
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Clever dioramas, beautiful pearls”
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.

Visited March 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Everything you ever wanted to know about pearls...”
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 world), and pearls presented as part of historical costumes and wardrobes. I enjoyed seeing the different oyster shell shapes and colors from all over the world. And don't miss the pearl bikini that is encased and hung in the boutique section and was worn by a Tahitian dancer for a reception in 2003.

Visited April 2014
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Orlando, FL
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“Very Interesting Exhibits on Pearls”
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 strands of pearls that defy the imagination.

Visited January 2014
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Reno, Nevada
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“Nice free attraction”
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 from our pension.

Visited January 2014
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