The museum collection includes displays on foreign influence on Palau, local tools, artifacts and heirlooms, traditional pacific and Palauan money types, the famous childbirth ceremony of Palau, archeological sites, traditional wear of Micronesians, canoes and fish traps, and rare shells of Palau and the pacific. The museum also has a large collection of antique maps and prints of Micronesia, and prints of some of the earliest photographs taken of Micronesians by European explorers. In 2014 the museum renovated and added several displays including "Master Carvers of Palau" with a storyboard collection from the 1940s till today.

Arts of Palau's Past - PALAU - ETPISON MUSEUM
A variety of artifacts in display - PALAU - ETPISON MUSEUM

The gift shop sells books, jewelry, unusual souvenirs and art, and the famous storyboards of Palau. Traditional canoes, and a 35-feet skeleton of a Bryde's whale killed by Orcas that floated into the Rock Islands in 2004 hang off the ceiling of the gift shop, with photographs of tiger sharks feeding on it when it was found.

Etpison Museum Gift Shop - PALAU - ETPISON MUSEUM

interesting fact:

When you buy a Palauan wood carving or storyboard, look for mahogany wood. Other local hardwoods are beautiful, but most will crack in dry climates and/or air-conditioning once you get them back home. Do not buy any carvings showing small holes, this could be a sign of termites.

at a glance:

The museum has several very life-like mannequins used to show traditional wear and the Palauan childbirth ceremony.

Childbirth Display - PALAU - ETPISON MUSEUM

New Deep Water Shell

Learn more about a new Deep Water Shell found in Palau.

new deep water shell in palau