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Robert Wan Pearl Museum

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General Information


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General Information - Robert Wan Pearl Museum. Copyright Robert Wan Pearl Museum.

The Robert Wan pearl Museum is a pearl farming encyclopaedia, from its early beginnings to today's pearl production industry. What is a pearl? Where are the pearls found? How are they cultivated? What does today's pearl farm look like?

The pearl is the universal messenger of immortality, accompanying the deceased to their graves as early as prehistoric times. In America during the pre-Colombian civilizations, in China, Africa, Egypt and India, princes and lords were buried in their coffins, pearls decorating their clothes or placed inside their mouths. Throughout the times, the pearl was the universal symbol of fertility and life cycles, a divine presence and the path of the soul or spirit on the way to perfection.

The pearl has always inspired men and women since the beginning of time such as Jules Verne's science fiction novel 'Twenty Thousand leagues Under the Sea', Ernest Hemingway's novel 'The Old Man and the Sea', Rubens with his 'The toilet of Venus' and Botticelli with his 'Birth of Venus'.

The pearl was a symbol of wealth, power and nobility. It symbolized royal glory.



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Overview



The Robert Wan Pearl Museum is the world's only museum dedicated to pearls. It is located in Papeete, Tahiti, the capital of French Polynesia.

The Museum of the Pearl in Tahiti recounts at the same time the history of the pearl throughout the world, the fascination it aroused to important persons, the legends, the habits and the technical sides of perliculture. Robert Wan's private collection is on exhibit, especially the largest Tahitian pearl of the world.

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