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Black Pearl Museum

One of the largest pearls ever found is displayed in this museum which is entirely dedicated to the mystical gems.

The Black Pearl Museum houses the largest Tahitian pearl in the world and is one of the only institutions in the world entirely devoted to pearls. The rare black pearl remains as exceptional today as in the fabled pirate tales and mythology. Enjoy the air of mysticism surrounding this Tahiti museum, where the cultural importance of pearls is explained through storytelling, history exhibits and works of art.

Marvel at the Robert Wan Pearl, which is one of the largest ever found. Learn about the cultural significance behind pearls in Tahiti. The rare gems are an important indicator of wealth and status here and also impart a sense of mysticism. Find out about the science behind pearls and their place in nature. See the assembly of mollusk shells of varying sizes, shapes and colors on display from around the world.

Admire the pearl bikini worn by a Tahitian dancer. The gift shop has a selection of pearls and souvenirs for purchase or you can buy your own pearls from one of the stalls along the waterfront opposite the museum.

Black pearls possess an elite air due to their rarity. They are also called Tahitian Pearls, as they are almost entirely exclusive to the area and pearl harvesting is the island’s principal export industry. Black pearls come in various dark hues with undertones of other brighter colors, so they are not necessarily black.

The site is also known as the Robert Wan Pearl Museum, after the local resident who amassed the collection of pearls. The museum opens daily from morning until late in the afternoon except on Sundays when it is closed. Admission is free.

The Black Pearl Museum is located in the historic center of Papeete, right next to the Cathédrale de l’Immaculée Conception and Parc Bougainville. The site is on the northwest coast of the island, offering picturesque views of Nanuu Bay. The museum is easily accessibly by public transport.


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