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Belau National Museum, Koror

(3.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Head to Belau National Museum, Micronesia's oldest museum, for a taste of island life and an introduction to the natural history of the region. Snap a photo of yourself wearing traditional Palauan dress, and browse the extensive exhibits focusing on Palauan art, communities, and traditions. Imaginative displays boasting an impressive array of specimens, artifacts, and models inform you about the area's diverse animal and plant life, as well as its role in the islands' spiritual and ceremonial history. Take a seat at the onsite cafe for a relaxing cup of coffee and local food. Use our Koror trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Belau National Museum and other attractions in Koror.
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  • Best shopping in Koror is the gift shop, even if you are not a museum person. I purchased a lovely storyboard for about half the price and better quality than other venues. The Museum itself is small,...  more »
  • There was a lot of reading. Very good informative reading. It gave a very good review of the history of Palau. I was talking with our cab driver on way back to hotel and as someone from Palau it was i...  more »
  • If you are interested in the history of Palau, you must see this museum. It has exhaustive information about the country's colonization by the Spain, Germany, Japan and the US. While the info may not ...  more »
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  • This isn't the Smithsonian, but there are only 2 museums in Koror (as well as the WWII Museum on Peleliu), and I'd say they're both worth a visit on a day off from diving. Palauans got to the islands over 2,000 years ago, which is pretty amazing, and worth learning about (exhibits on that particular side of things are better at the Etpison Museum). You can read every word in the Belau National Museum in a couple of hours, tops. There are exhibits on flora and fauna, some on crafts, and a floor on the World Wars and control by foreign powers. The foreign power stuff is different from the Peleliu war museum in that it has a bunch of information about life in Palau under both the Germans and the Japanese. There's a big outdoor reproduction bai, or meeting house. The gift shop has lots of souvenirs, and one can support the museum by getting them there. It's also one of the few places that has a good selection of books about Palau. There's a cafe. To get there, you turn up the hill by the Shell until the road basically runs onto the elementary school grounds, then go left before the school, and follow the road. There are some signs, but the road more or less runs right to the Museum.
  • Very informative. Worth a visit.
  • The "Bai" is very, very well done.
  • The future of the people of Palau or the environment surrounding the Palau is sending to the world what really interest and live there so many grief shall be material?
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