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Address: PK 15 | PO. Box 380 354, Punaauia, French Polynesia
Phone Number: 689548435
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Le Musee de Tahiti et des Iles - Te Fare Manaha offre une decouverte de la...

Le Musee de Tahiti et des Iles - Te Fare Manaha offre une decouverte de la culture polynesienne a travers quatre salles d'exposition permanente consacrees au milieu naturel, a la culture materielle, a la vie sociale, religieuse et a l'histoire.Le musee propose egalement des expositions temporaires. Museum tells the story of Tahiti and the islands featuring exhibits on Polynesian history, culture, environment and ethnology.

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History of Tahiti, the other islands and its people!

Gives you a fairly good history review of how these islands became inhabited and by whom. Good lessons in how the early islanders lived. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 27, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Just a 7 minute walk from Le Meridien Hotel or approx 20 minutes by car from Papeete. During our visit there was an exhibition so the total time required to see that and the main Museum exhibits required at least an hour and a half. There are numerous halls featuring the culture of French Polynesia; the natural environment, culture, social... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Gives you a fairly good history review of how these islands became inhabited and by whom. Good lessons in how the early islanders lived. Worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

i really enjoyed the museum but i was surprise by the "small"size of this museum. i expected to find something much bigger

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

This is supposed to be the place where you come to learn about Tahitian history and culture. I found it interesting but the lighting was poor making difficult to read the explanations. The museum could do with better presented displays and overall modernisation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Elegant museum, well balanced with exhibits covering geology, archeology and history. We had the place virtually to ourselves and followed the chronological order curated by an obviously gifted staff. We finished by wandering through the exquisite native garden and effortlessly expanded our knowledge of these beautiful islands.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Check it out! Covers a variety of topics, including the migration of the Polynesians to Tahiti, the chronology of migrations, the geologic aspects of island formation and then degeneration into atolls, the variety of tools fashioned by the original migrants, and a wide variety of other topics. Easy to get to, bountiful parking, reasonable entry fee per person.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

This little museum in Punaauia is a bit hard to find and some distance from town but worth a visit. Has very good coverage of the geology, archaeology and history of Tahiti and the islands. Each label is in both French and English with a few exceptions. It provides a great introduction and background to human exploration and settlement of... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

For a museum of such importance, we were surprised that there was not much on display. Information in English is very limited. The outdoor area is, however, fantastic. Great location for sunset picnic. For tourists from afar, wonder if it is worth driving out to this part of the island to visit this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

Really worth visiting to undertsand how the islands came about-their volcanic nature. Get to see the early settlers and the conditions in which they lived and some interesting cameos of historical locals

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016

Visited as part of an island tour so had someone explaining the displays so cant really comment about information but there was lots of written explanations on displays including English. Also a very extensive garden with local plants and a tour you could do explaining all their uses.

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