The Museum of Tahiti and the islands: a voyage through time

The Museum of Tahiti and the islands: a voyage through time

Te Fare Manaha is the preamble to an exploration of Tahiti and its neighbours, some quite distant, to better understand and appreciate Polynesian culture.

The location of this historic and ethnographic museum owes nothing to chance. A large marae, a sacred place of the Ma'ohi, ancestors of the Tahitians, once stood near the lagoon, near the Nu'uroa Tip. Among archaeological finds and natural and cultural heritage collections, visitors embrace Polynesian traditions, like tikis - anthropomorphic sculptures - the ancient canoes on display outside the museum. In total, around 30,000 items from the Oceanian Continent are on display.

On the outside, take a walk along the ethnobotanical path in the park - it is a nearly five-hectare conservatory of endemic plants. Each species – some being endangered – has a special meaning and specific uses in Polynesian rituals. Their names evoke the mysteries of nature: paper mulberry, kava or Piper methysticum, banyans 'ora and Ficus prolixa - indigenous Marquesan plants. Every Tuesday morning, the museum programs guided tours of the nearby gardens, an ideal way to discover the sacred, therapeutic or nutritious values of these plants.

Museum of Tahiti and the islands
Pointe des pêcheurs
Nu'uroa, Punaauia
98718 Tamanu

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