A museum is an important institution in any country. It normally stores artifacts, a collection of objects based on cultural, historical or scientific importance. In Mauritius, there are many museums to visit. This post is on the famous museums in Mauritius.
The Famous Museums In Mauritius
There is a variety of museums which exhibit different collections and artifacts. These museums’ primary goals are to educate the community about cultures, history and so on. In fact, visiting a museum is a must to consider in your lifetime. The most popular museums in Mauritius is listed as follows:
National History Museum / Mahebourg Museum
The National History Museum is situated in Mahebourg. It exhibits a large part of the history of Mauritius. The museum is in the Robillard House, also known as “Gheude”, built in 1772. If you want to see artifacts of the Dutch, shipwrecks, ancient objects, etc, thus, the museum is a must to go.
Natural History Museum / Port-Louis Museum
Built in 1880, it is considered as the oldest museum in Mauritius. The Natural History Museum is located in Port-Louis, precisely on the ground floor of the Mauritius Institute building. In addition, it is divided into different galleries such as the Fauna Gallery, Dodo Gallery, Marine Gallery and others. Some pieces were donated by other museums around the world as well.
Blue Penny Museum
Founded by the Mauritius Commercial Bank and opened in 2001, the Blue Penny is an amazing museum. It is situated in Caudan Waterfront, Port-Louis. Among the best collections, include the famous Red and Blue Penny stamps, bought for $2 millions. Additionally, it has the original Paul and Virginia statue and other historical artifacts.
Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site
The Aapravasi Ghat is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is an immigration depot of Indian laborers, which was built in the end of 1840s.
Furthermore, the Eureka House is located in Moka. It was built in the 1830s and owned by the French and British aristocrats. The house is well-known for its “Créole” type of architecture. Similarly, you can also visit some waterfalls nearby and appreciate the beautiful gardens.
Château de Labourdonnais
The Château de Labourdonnais forms part in the Domaine de Labourdonnais. Built in the 1850s by Christian Wiehe, this plantation house has beautiful gardens, a rum distillery and others. Indeed, a relaxing place to be.
More than that, another recommended place to visit is the State House. Built for defense purposes, however, it now acts as the residence of the President of Mauritius. Unfortunately, the public can only visit the mansion twice a year. So, make sure you do not miss it. The State House is in the list of the best museums because of its architecture and the history behind it. The land is immense, with gorgeous gardens and offers an amazing view of a valley nearby.
The Tea Route includes three different places! They are the Domaine des Aubineaux, Bois Chéri and Saint Aubin House. All these three places are historic buildings and museums where you can learn about the tea industry. Also, they have beautiful gardens and include a restaurant as well.
Mauritius Postal Museum
Photography lovers, this is for you, the Photography Museum! Boost your knowledge in the history of photography in Mauritius. This small museum in Port-Louis is amazing! It provides lots of information regarding old cameras and photographs.
Frederik Hendrik Museum
Apart the National History Museum in Mahebourg, the Frederik Hendrik Museum exhibits wonderful historical artifacts. It is located in Grand-Port, next to the Grand-Port Ruins. The place is also near to the area where the Battle of Grand-Port occurred.
L’Aventure du Sucre
Another interesting museum in the North is, L’Aventure du Sucre! Mauritius’s economy started from the sugar industry. Today, this industry is disappearing. Nevertheless, this museum will make you discover the sugar industry from the beginning to the present.
Robert Edward Hart Memorial Museum
It is a museum about the Mauritian poet, Robert Edward Hart. Also known as “La Nef”, this museum is fascinating as it was the last residence of the poet after a cyclone destroyed his house. More than that, the house is largely made of corals. You can visit it in Souillac, the same road which leads to Gris-Gris beach.
The Martello Tower Museum
There is a couple of Martello Towers in Mauritius. Built by the British, the towers were defense buildings. One of the Martello Towers, in La Preneuse has been preserved and restored. Now, it is a museum. If you want to learn more about the Martello Towers and the history behind, do visit one.
Château de Riche-en-Eau
Built in the 1800s and owned by the family of De Rochecouste, the Château de Riche-en-Eau is a real magical place. Surrounded by lakes and immense gardens close to a river, this site merits a visit. Generally, it is accessible to the public twice a year, particularly during the National Heritage Day. Hence, make sure you seize the opportunity to visit it.
Other Museums To Consider:
- Windmill Museum (Dedicated to the port workers).
- SSR Memorial Centre for Culture (Display of personal items and others of the Father of the Nation).
- Sookdeo Bissoondoyal Memorial Museum (Dedicated to the life of Sookdeo Bissoondoyal).
- Musée de la Petite Collection (Fly back in the past with old objects and collectibles).
- Le Château Mon Plaisir (The ex residence of Mahé de Labourdonnais, the French governor of Mauritius).
- Bank of Mauritius Museum (Discover ancient coins and notes from centuries ago to the present).
- Rhumerie de Chamarel Restaurant & Rum Distillery (A place to learn about the local rum and some historical facts as well).
- Mauritius Glass Gallery (It is a glass foundry and has a variety of glasses exposed).
- Rajiv Gandhi Science Center (It is a museum about science).
To conclude, museums are very important to discover. They are the main schools to enrich the knowledge of the younger generations to keep preserving history. Most museums’ access are payable while few others are free. Also, many of them provide facilities such as restaurant, gardens and splendid scenic views. Learning the history of your own country must be one of the most necessary tasks to every real patriot!