Visiting the museum, you dive into the Tahitian Pearl Universe and get immersed in the heart of the Tuamotu Gambier pearl farms. A team of advisers is there to guide you during your visit and assist you during the choice of your precious souvenir on request. The Pearl Museum is open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm. The entrance is free and shuttles are made available on demand. People interested in visiting the museum can thus call our private drivers that will pick them up for free. Moreover, located near the Paofai Temple, the Pearl Museum is only 5 minutes away from the harbor by feet. The walk offers the visitors unique landscapes of the daily Polynesian lifestyle. The Pearl being one of the main symbols of French Polynesia, visiting its museum and discovering all its secrets is an important step to share the Polynesian culture and its savoir-faire.
THE STORY OF A LIFETIME
Robert WAN, whose father left China for Tahiti in 1904, is a businessman working at a crossroad of cultures. Although he has French nationality, Polynesia remains his beloved motherland, while China reflects his origins His multi cultural identity is a powerful source of energy.
Robert Wan and the Gemological Institute of America, together in symbiosis, contributed to the upbringing and recognition of the Tahitian cultured pearl that earn its honors as a gem, putting it in the same category as precious stone. Since 1997, The Robert Wan Educational wing at the GIA campus in Carlsbad, California, is evidence of the gem worlds recognition of the pioneer of the Tahitian cultured pearl.
The biggest jewellers and fashion designers – Tournaire, Dupont, Harry Winston, Tiffany, Chaumet, Boucheron, Chanel, Jean Paul Gautier, Torrente, Mikimoto, Chow Ta Fook, have made a place for the Tahitian cultured pearl by daring to use this gem in their magnificent, innovative creations.