About Us

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, Splash, Palau Aggressor/ Tropic Dancer, as well as construction, real estate, 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, who will hopefully take over the museum when their parents are ready 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 Assistant Manager Tess, Tour Guide Ubi, and sales lady Kedei, and our entertainer/ photo model Elvis, a Palauan 17 year-old Sulfur-crested cockatoo. He was abducted by Palauan hunters from the rock islands as a baby, sold on the streets, and eventually adopted by the Etpison Museum when his owners left Palau. His girlfriend Prissy was brought to us after she was shot in the wild. Her wing had to amputated, and she is now slowly getting used to people with the help of Elvis. The museum opened the Captain Wilson art Gallery at the Palau Pacific Resort in April, 2017, where sales ladies Connie, Jaqeline and Kathleen showcase Palau's nature and culture through the photography of Mandy Etpison. The gallery sells aluminum and acrylic art and photo prints and high end art objects.

The Etpison Museum Staff - PALAU - ETPISON MUSEUM
The Etpison Museum/Captain Wilson Gallery Staff - PALAU - ETPISON MUSEUM

interesting fact:

The Etpison Museum doubles as the French Consulate office in Palau. The front of the museum features a Palauan female and male statue, storyboard-style carved balconies, and the carved spider God, representing the symbol for childbirth in Palau. Legend has it that Palauans did not know how to give birth naturally, and would cut open a woman’s belly to get the baby out, usually killing her in the process. A foreign God in the form of a spider showed them how to give birth, and Palauans have held the first child birth ceremony ever since.

The Etpison Museum - PALAU - ETPISON MUSEUM