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Te Fare Iamanaha - Musée de Tahiti et des îles, vue extérieur



Te Fare Iamanaha

Located in Puna’auia, on Hiti land, Nuuroa point, Te Fare Iamanaha offers visitors the keys to a reflection on the common cultural heritage of the Polynesians of which it is guardian, while emphasizing the singularities and particularities of each archipelago.

Beyond the exhibition of collections, the dimension of the transmission of knowledge and related concepts is essential. The museum is part of a dynamic vision and a contemporary approach to Polynesian culture in line with the current aspirations of the population.

The establishment thus has a new, completely rebuilt exhibition hall, a temporary exhibition hall, a conference room, a park and an ethnobotanical garden.


The museum’s collections consist mainly of ethnographic objects, mostly from French Polynesia, as well as other regions of Oceania. Te Fare Iamanaha also keeps fine arts collections, a photographic and archival fund, movable objects, but also natural collections. Finally, the museum also houses the herbarium of French Polynesia, whose database is accessible online:

Musée de Tahiti - Salle permanente 7


At P.K. 15 in the town of Punaauia, ‘ôutu Nu’uroa houses the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ‘ Te Fare Manaha located between the mouth of the Punaru’u and the Punaauia point called Burder’s point by the missionaries and now called Pointe des Pêcheurs.

Nu’uroa Cape has always been a prestigious place in the history of Tâhiti because it is located on the lands of the Atâhuru chiefdom under the tutelage of the Te’oropa’a clan, which once included Temanotahi and Temanorua namely the current municipalities of Punaauia and Pa’ea. On this site was built the most important religious complex of Tâhiti from the origin until the arrival of the first discoverers from 1767.

In 1815, this cape witnessed the battle of Fê’ipi which saw the victory of Pômare II and also the end of the ancient religious cult, in particular that of the god ‘Oro.

In 1819, missionaries D. Darling and R. Bourne of the London Missionary Society came to settle in Burder’s Point to build a temple, a school and set up a printing press from which the first grammar of the language would come out. Tahitian in 1823.

From 1844 to 1846, Punaauia was the scene of military confrontations during the Franco-Tahitian war and its surrender. A large tower was built in Nu’uroa and two forts at the entrance to the Punaru’u valley.
Across from the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ‘Te Fare Manaha, is the Sapinus surf ‘spot’ at the world famous.



The mission of the establishment is to collect, conserve, restore, reproduce and present to the public collections relating to the heritage of Oceania, and more particularly Polynesian.

It can organize events of a cultural nature or participate in the organization of these.
An organization for the promotion, study and dissemination of this heritage, the Museum has acquired over the years a role of expertise in the field of preservation of tangible and movable cultural property.

Today, it is the main institution in French Polynesia to offer the discovery of the treasures of Polynesian natural and cultural heritage in the same space.

Set in a three-hectare park located at Nu’uroa Point, in the town of Puna’auia, the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands also offers an ethnobotanical tour.



Miriama bono

Miriama Bono has held several important positions in the field of culture and arts in French Polynesia, including as delegate of the International Documentary Film Festival of Tahiti (FIFO), president of the organizing association of this festival, and technical advisor in charge of communication and culture.

In 2017, she was designated to succeed Ms. Theano Jaillet as the director of the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, an important cultural institution that focuses on the history and culture of the islands of French Polynesia, as well as the biodiversity of the region. She was chosen for her skills and vision to successfully lead the major renovation projects of the establishment.

Phone: 40 54 84 43

Pôle Conservation

Tamara MARIC

40 54 84 40


40 54 84 45


Assistant conservateur 
40 54 84 38


Gwenola RIOUAL

40 54 84 42 

Pôle régie

Tama PEA

40 54 84 37


Melissa DOOM

40 54 84 49