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Museum of Tahiti and the Islands

PK 15 | PO. Box 380 354, Punaauia, French Polynesia
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Well worth a visit

We spent a pleasant afternoon here, taking the bus from Papeete. If you do take the bus, the... read more

Reviewed February 17, 2016
Interesting but...

Some very nice displays but not really the depth of information or history I was expecting. Also... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2016
Steve C
Ottawa, Canada
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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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PK 15 | PO. Box 380 354, Punaauia, French Polynesia
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Reviewed February 17, 2016

We spent a pleasant afternoon here, taking the bus from Papeete. If you do take the bus, the Museum is a 10 to 15 minute easy walk from the bus stop at Centre Commercial Tamanu. There are no signs from the bus stop, so look...More

1  Thank Cerris1
Reviewed February 9, 2016

Some very nice displays but not really the depth of information or history I was expecting. Also noted that only about 50% of the displays had English (all had French and Polynesian).

Thank Steve C
Reviewed December 10, 2015

The museum of tahiti is great to understand tahitian history. It's full of ancient polynesian artefacts! Plus it's well situated in Punaauia! If visiting Tahiti, get your feet there to understand what makes Tahiti, Tahiti

Thank mauinztahiti
Reviewed November 9, 2015

We spent 2 hours, and I think that is the minimum amount of time needed to go through and appreciate the museum. We talked to some folks who'd been steered through quickly on a tour, and they didn't appreciate the museum nearly as much. I...More

2  Thank Teresa W
Reviewed November 9, 2015

We stayed nearby and spent about an hour in this museum. Well-organized exposition, many original things, beautiful small inner garden. Recommended.

2  Thank Bob974
Reviewed November 2, 2015

I have been to this Museum a number of times over the last 20 years. It's not bad and the location is quite good - views of Moorea, plenty of parking.... The exhibits have good material but, as another reader reported, some need updating. On...More

Thank MonoFelizPanama
Reviewed October 27, 2015

This small Polynesian Museum has a good variety of old items made by the original Polynesian settlers to French Polynesia which included implements of travel, war, worship and day to day items. Quite a nice exhibit. Unfortunately, as is the case on most pre-organized tours,...More

Thank byebye2u
Reviewed October 4, 2015

The museum is extremelly dated. Some maps still show the URSS, and some displays are screaming for renovation. Yet, you will still be able to learn more about the Polynesian culture and range. One particular display that I liked was comparing how the same tool...More

Thank Gabriel T
Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in Le Meridien so this museum was a short walk from the hotel. No issue to find it at all - just check map. The museum is very informative and gives good background about Polynesian culture and heritage. It takes 1h if you...More

1  Thank Marta W
Reviewed September 29, 2015

We spent several hours at this museum. It gives a very comprehensive history and overview of French Polynesia. It provides a very good overview of the islands climate and climate change. Its many exhibits and artifacts provides a comprehensive overview of the history and development...More

Thank randaDeltaBC
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Hirosato Y
Following up on question. Thank you museetahiti2017 for your reply. Little confused. It's open Thursday thru Sunday from 9-5. But you said closed on Monday. So what about Tuesday and Wednesday?
April 27, 2017|
Response from Lesley B | Reviewed this property |
The Museum website states it is closed Sunday and Monday. It's open the other days. Regards, Lesley
Hirosato Y
What are their operation hours and close dates of the week. Ex. Open Tuesday thru Sunday 9 am - 5 pm Thx in advance
April 27, 2017|
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Response from Judith G | Reviewed this property |
It is open every day except Monday. We found it a very worthwhile place to find out about migration and origins
How much is admission?
June 28, 2016|
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Response from Melissa_Cyr |
600 cfp for the permanent exposition and 900 cfp for permanent exposition + temporary exposition
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