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. 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.
Be sure to walk around the park – it is a nearly five-hectare conservatory of endemic plants. Some species are endangered, but all have meaning and specific uses in rituals. Their names evoke the mysteries of nature: paper mulberry, kava or Piper methysticum, banyans ‘ora and Ficus prolixa – indigenous Marquesan plants. Jacques Brel loved to sing about this inspiring place: ‘And walk past the coconut trees that write songs of love…'
Museum of Tahiti and the islands
Pointe des pêcheurs
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