What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you are making a list of things to do in Mauritius? Well, we are sure there are many things attracting you to this beautiful location, beaches, culture, food natural beauty and what not. Whether you are a travel enthusiast, adventurer or a food blogger or you will never be disappointed in Mauritius as it has got so much to amaze you. The museums in Mauritius are especially a treat for history buffs . This small country preserves its rich cultural heritage of in museums of different kinds. Here is a quick list of museums to visit in Mauritius.
6 Museums In Mauritius
Here is the list of best museums in Mauritius that you should definitely explore while you are on your vacation in Mauritius. Keep scrolling down and read along!
1. Frederik Hendrik Museum
Built in 1737 by Mahé de La Bourdonnais, this museum is made upon the ruins of the first Dutch fort. One can easily identify a prison, lodge, bakery and a blacksmith’s workshop structures. This place is also home to the ruins of first Catholic Church ever built in Mauritius. It displays artifacts found during archaeological excavations which are generally from the Dutch colonial period.
Opening and closing time of the museum: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 0900 to 1600 hrs | Wednesday: 11 00 to 16 00 Hrs | Sunday: 0900 to 12 00 hrsPublic holiday: ClosedLocation: Vieux Grand PortEntry fees: None
2. National History Museum
Built in 1772, this museum is also known as Chateau Gheulde, Maison Robillard or the Naval Museum. It is built in an old colonized French country house of 3 floors. The museum stores a vast collection of prints, paintings, miniature sculptures, and old documents from a famous Mauritian artist, Prosper d’Epinay which speaks a lot about the history of the island.
There are many other objects displayed at different places including Chinese Porcelains dating from the Ming Dynasty, gold and silver coins, buttons, buckles, trading beads recovered from a number of shipwrecks. An attractive feature of this museum is the display of a preserved Mauritian village settlement, where one can get a glimpse of the typical lifestyle of the inhabitants of the rural islands in Mauritius.
Opening and closing time of the museum: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 09 00 to 16 00 Hrs | Wednesday: 11 00 to 16 00 Hrs | Sunday and Public Holiday: 09 00 to 12 00 hrs.Location: Royal Road, Mahébourg on the banks of Rivière La Chaux (South-East of the island)Entry fees: None
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3. The Robert Edward Hart Memorial Museum
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This museum is the home of the famous Mauritius poet, Robert Edward Hart who lived from 1891 to 1954. This museum is a bungalow made of coral called La Nef. The museum is filled with poet’s property such as furniture, his personal effects and published manuscripts, copies of his personal letters, plays, poetries, speeches, photographs, paintings, his violin, awards and other personal belonging. Everything is preserved in such a manner as if he is still present there.
Opening and closing time of the museum: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 09 00 to 16 00 Hrs | Wednesday: 11 00 to 16 00 Hrs | Saturday: 09 00 to 12 00 Hrs | Sunday & Public Holiday: ClosedLocation: Autard Street in the southern town of SouillacEntry fees: None
4. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre For Culture
This museum is built in the honor of the first Prime Minister of the island of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam who also played a key role in Mauritius Independence from Britain. The museum is basically his house comprising of 7 rooms. The house includes his furniture, medical equipment, clothing and certificates.
There is also a photographic exhibition in the museum which aims to highlight the major happening in the life of Sir Prime Minister. In the front courtyard of the house, a statue in bronze of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam is placed sculpted by Russian artist, Alexandrov Moskow in the year 1987.
Opening and closing time of the museum: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 09 00 to 16 00 Hrs | Wednesday: 11 00 to 16 00 Hrs | Saturday: 09 00 to 12 00 Hrs | Sunday & Public Holiday: ClosedLocation: 87, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Street, Plaine Verte, Port Louis, MauritiusEntry fees: None
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5. The Blue Penny Museum
It is a classic stamp museum named after two rarest postage stamps on this planet- the blue two-pence and the orange-red one penny. This stamp was issued back in 1847, Mauritius being a British colony. If as a history enthusiast you want to know more about Mauritius’ history,y you can have a look at old marine maps, paintings, sculptures, more stamps, old documents and engravings displayed in this museum. Another attraction of this museum is the original statue of Paul and Virginie carved by Prosper D’Epinay in 1881.
Opening and closing time of the museum: All days of weeks between 10 AM to 5 PM | Closed on- 21st – 31 December at 2 PMLocation: Caudan Waterfront, Block A, Port Louis, MauritiusEntry fees: Adult- Rs. 245 | Children/Student- Rs. 120 | Family (2 adults + 2 children)-Rs. 580
6. The Mauritius Photography Museum
This is a small private museum which houses an era of photography. You can find all sorts of artifacts and documents about Mauritian photography and initial cinematography days. You can also have a quick look at old cameras and lenses, old books about photography, some of the first daguerreotype pictures on metal or on ceramic, projection equipment, printing equipment and even old stereoscopic pictures.
Opening and closing time of the museum: Open on weekends from 10 – 15 HrsLocation: Port Louis, MauritiusEntry fees: None
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Frequently Asked Questions About Museums In Mauritius
Which is the most famous museum in Mauritius?
Blue Penny Museum is the most famous museum in Mauritius.
When was National History Museum built?
The National History Museum in 1772.
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