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

Boulevard Pomare, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
+689 40 46 15 55
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The only museum in the world that is dedicated to pearls presents exhibits depicting the art, history, philosophy and mythology of these beautiful gems.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good50%
  • Average21%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“no pressure” (7 reviews)
“for sale” (11 reviews)
Boulevard Pomare, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
+689 40 46 15 55
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

Lots of beautiful pearls on display and for sale. Too expensive for us but good to see. Lots of good information.

Thank Terry T
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This is a wonderful place to learn about all aspects of pearls, their nature and discovery, their cultivation and variety. There is also an opportunity to buy, although this is by no means imposed or expected. The museum is precisely that…it is informative, well-resourced and...More

Thank Peter3152
Reviewed 24 July 2017

The museum is part of Robert Wan's retail premise - but have no fear, the staff will not pressure you to buy. And the museum is more than just a hook to get you into the shop. It is a small but thoroughly interesting history...More

Thank cawdorMarlborough
Reviewed 26 June 2017

First, it was hot and standing in front of this place, which is free. We went in and saw the one room which explains the pearl history and harvest as well as how these are graded, mainly in a video and with some dioramas. The...More

Thank Aqusite
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This museum is dedicated to the "culture" of the culture of pearls in the Tahitian way. You will feel more confident choosing your pearl after a visit here.

Thank Freetobemyself
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

We were just walking around looking for a market in Papaeete when we stumbled into this place thinking it would b3 just another pressure sales, air conditioned tourist trap. Far from it we discovered some amazing historical artifacts, including the crown of Emperor Charlemagne and...More

Thank JMasonNashville
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

A welcomed air conditioned haven with a small but very informative museum on the history of pearls both South Pacific and world. The videos run in English and the display pearl designs for sale are beautiful and fun to look at some designs are quite...More

Thank Guy M
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Free to get in and gives a great little explanation and displays of the pearls history. Also has some beautiful pieces for sale. Definitely worth the hour + to go thru and read the info, which is all in several languages.

Thank Alice K
Reviewed 7 February 2017

It has a lot of good info in the museum part. The Wan store sales part leaves a lot to be desired. We were looking seriously to buy several sets of earrings and necklaces. We were dressed in shorts and polo shirts. We got the...More

Thank Fred Q
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Robert Wan is an icon in the pearl industry. The Musee de la Perle Robert WAN provides very good interpretive displays of the history of pearls as well as what makes a pearl valuable and how pearls are produced. The museum is attached to a...More

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3 March 2015|
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Response from kmarq55 | Reviewed this property |
Just looked it up....Gauguin's Pearl farm....got an education on pearls, too....there is very, very little 'natural' pearls left...most are cultured...but as I said, they can still be quite beautiful, even if you don't need... More