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The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands ("Musée de Tahiti et des Îles" in French) is dedicated to educating visitors about this beautiful archipelago. The museum is divided into four distinct sections: the first focuses on geography and natural history, the second on pre-European culture, the third on the effects of colonization and the fourth on natural wonders. If you tire of perusing the exhibits, step outside for great views of surfers tackling the ocean waves.
Recent visitors appreciated the museum's concise, easy-to-understand exhibits about the history of Tahiti and much of French Polynesia. Many were pleased that there were displays in English and French, and several travelers said the gift shop was excellent.
The Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands is about 10 miles south of Papeete, along the westward route in the small town of Puna'auia, and can easily be accessed by car or Le Truck. Doors open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the permanent exhibition room is 600 French Polynesian Francs (around $6 USD); admission to the temporary exhibition room costs 800 French Polynesian Francs (about $8). A combo ticket is available for 1,000 French Polynesian Francs (about $11). For additional information on exhibits and prices, visit the museum's website.
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