The Etpison Museum opened in August, 1999, in a 3,000 sq.ft three story building designed and constructed by Shallum and Mandy Etpison. The museum is dedicated to Shallum’s father, late Palau president Ngiratkel Etpison, who donated the land for the museum building. Dutch-born Mandy Thijssen Etpison is the Managing Director and curator of the museum, and Honorary Consul of France to the Republic of Palau. Shallum is President and CEO of the NECO Group of Companies, which include the tourism-related businesses Neco Marine, Yamaha, Cliffside Hotel, Splash, Palau Aggressor/ Tropic Dancer, as well as contruction, LP Gas, water bottling and other family-owned businesses. The non-profit museum is run under two companies, Iked Foundation and Tkel Corp, named after the couple’s sons Tkel and Iked Etpison, who are expected to take over the museum when their parents decide to retire. The museum works closely with Neco Marine, the Coral Reef Research Foundation, the Palau Conservation Society and the Palau Pacific Resort on sponsoring and supporting community and environmental projects.
Our full-time staff consists of master carver Enrico Soliman, who has lived on Palau for 28 years, Assistant Manager Tess Soriano, Tour Guide Fidensia Tangelbad, sales lady Mirasol Morata, and our entertainer/ photo model Elvis, a Palauan 10 year-old Sulfur-crested cockatoo abducted by Palauan hunters from the rock islands, sold on the streets, and eventually adopted by the Etpison Museum.