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

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Address: Boulevard Pomare, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
Phone Number: 689 40 46 15 55
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The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents exhibits...

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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A must see in Papeete

OK it is a pearl shop. But it has a relatively large and interesting museum on different aspects of pearls and the history of pearl farming and processing. The sales staff will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Robert Wan is a big name in the Pacific, so we were delighted to have a chance to explore his flagship store in Papeete. It includes an excellent little museum, giving the history of the pearl fishery. There was a very good Tahitian mourning costume, very well presented.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK it is a pearl shop. But it has a relatively large and interesting museum on different aspects of pearls and the history of pearl farming and processing. The sales staff will approach you, but they are not pushy and you are free to examine the various exhibits.

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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think it's important to realise that before you enter Robert Wan's premises that this is first and foremost a retail store selling high-end pearls which also happens to have very informative displays about the culture of black pearls in Tahiti. Apart from an initial (friendly) greeting we were never bothered by the staff about buying pearls. I was pleased... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many things to do in Tahiti Nui. The city of Papeete itself is not a highlight of your trip and the looks with the Ferry & Market and this pearl shop made the top 5 attraction!! Most people don't take a rental and drive around the island and instead, review these 'attractions' and making them the top... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was small but interesting, we actually learned a lot, not just on pearls and oysters but also on atols. Definitely recommend visiting when you are in Papeete. Will take not more then 1 hour of your time.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I enjoyed the museum display with was very informative and clear about the history and cultivation of the black pearls. The sales section had the pearls displayed beautifully.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

As long as you can resist not buying anything. The entrance fee is free. The museum has several diaramas setup of historical interest. But mostly a retail shop for pearls.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

The Museum of Pearls by Robert Wan is part of an upscale pearl shop. There is a history of pearls timeline on the wall and some interesting facts about how pearls are graded complete with samples. It is free and worth a stop in.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Yes, there is an amazing pearl showroom here, but no pressure was placed on us to purchase when we asked to see the excellent museum. Entry is free and the historic, life like displays are first class. It's a great learning experience. If you didn't know about pearls or the pearl industry this small museum is the place to go.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We stopped here as part of a private tour only because I asked the guide to drop us off here after our tour. It's an interesting look at how the pearls are cultured and of course there's the opportunity to buy but there's absolutely no pressure.

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