The island of Mauritius has a rich culture, which is due to the diversity of its population, native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. One of the ways in which tourists can discover the cultural heritage of the island is through its museums, where not only they will be able to learn more about the Mauritian life, but also learn more about the flora and fauna of the country.
Blue Penny Museum
he Blue Penny Museum is located in the largest shopping center of Port Louis, Caudan Waterfront. This modern Museum, which is dedicated to the history and the art of the island, opened in November 2001. Since then, it attracts many visitors. The Museum presents two types of the world-famous “Post Office” stamps. The orange-red penny and two pence blue stamp appear every 60 minutes as from 10:30.
The Blue Penny Museum collection also includes old charts, paintings, sculptures, stamps, engravings and old documents, which tell the Mauritian history and culture. On the ground floor, there is a room devoted to the legend of Paul and Virginie. Various editions of the famous novel, paintings, and an impressive statue tell the tragic story of the couple.
The Natural History Museum of Port-Louis
Located near the gardens of the East India Company, the Natural History Museum of Port-Louis houses exhibitions of impressive wildlife of Mauritius and nearby islands. Only three galleries are present among the original four. The first gallery shows the various species of birds found in the region, as well as the head of a boar, stuffed monkeys and lemurs, eagle and various reptiles.
The second gallery is dedicated to marine species. You’ll see an impressive collection of shells, including the giant clamshell, which weighs about 70 kg. Visitors will also see various species of fish and models of sharks and cetaceans.
The third gallery is devoted to the Dodo, the famous Mauritian bird who disappeared during the Dutch occupation of the island. Tourists will also see a video display on the excavation of the bones of the Dodo.
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre for Culture
Located in Plaine Verte, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre for Culture honors the first Prime Minister of Mauritius and the architect of its independence from the British. The Memorial Center was the old house, in which he used to practice medicine. Here, tourists will be able to see the personal effects of the Mauritian leader and other objects retracing his life. In the front yard, visitors will find a bronze statue of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.
The Mauritius Postal Museum
The Mauritius Postal Museum is located near Port Louis Waterfront, not far from a playground for children. The building is a magnificent rock dating from the 19th century, built in 1868 and became a historical monument in 1958. The Postal Museum opened its doors in 1995 and is a testimony to the major events that have marked the history of postal services in Mauritius since its origin in 1772. The main stages of the postal services are registered as well as funny anecdotes about how we used to communicate in the past.
The Photography Museum
The Photography Museum is located in front of the theatre of Port Louis in the street of Vieux Conseil. It is a small private museum which houses all kinds of objects and documents on Mauritian photography, and the beginnings of the cinematography. Among the objects, you will find: old books on photography, some of the first images of daguerreotype on metal or ceramics, material projection, print material, and even old photos, old cameras and stereoscopic lenses which will allow you to see how Maurice looked in 3D.
The Château Labourdonnais
The Château Labourdonnais is an old colonial house, located on a former sugar estate in the village of Mapou, in Rivière du Rempart district. It is worth a visit because it is a witness to the colonial period in Mauritius until its independence. There, you will find kiosks showing how renovations have been made in the house and its history. In the exhibition halls, visitors will find objects and documents related to the owners and the development of Mauritius before 1850. Nearby, you will also find a gift shop where you will be able to buy items and goods related to the agriculture and sugar industries.
Do not hesitate to contact the Marguery Exclusive Villas’ concierge for any activity booking.