Belau National Museum, Koror

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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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  • July 30, 2017
    The Museum has two floors of exhibits. I most enjoyed the early history of the islands. The outrigger canoes are beautifully constructed. There is a focus on the German and Japanese history in Palau. ...  more »
  • June 12, 2017
    Taking into account that the country has 20 thousand inhabitants, have a national museum not stamal entrance price. 10 $ (like the other museum), tells the story of the country, with a spatial emphasi...  more »
  • June 1, 2017
    It's easy to just enjoy the stunning beauty of Palau but we suggest a quick visit to the Belau National Museum to learn about the history. You can learn about early explorers, why the Yapese came to m...  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.
  • Nothing outstanding.
  • Very informative. Worth a visit.
  • The "Bai" is very, very well done.
  • History of Palau

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