Lovers of culture and heritage of Mauritius, we have prepared for you a selection of five best museums to visit with family or friends … A great way to (re) live the highlights of our history!
The Natural History Museum (Le musée d’histoire naturelle)
Originally called the Desjardins Museum, the Natural History Museum is perhaps the country’s oldest museum and the oldest in Southern Africa. Created in 1842 through the collection of the naturalist, zoologist Julien Desjardins, the Natural History museum exhibits an anthology of missing endemic species of fauna and flora native Mascarene. The route to the museum unfolds like a journey to the heart of the legendary Mauritius, where you can discover the skeleton of Rodrigues Solitaire, giant tortoises and the dodo, among others. Declared national museum in 2000, this museum is exceptionnel.
The Museum of Photography (Le musée de la photographie)
Created by Tristan Breville in 1966, the Museum of Photography offers us the opportunity to discover the camera in all its forms. It also includes a large exhibition of the first photos of Mauritius taken with older cameras. The museum of photography offers an amazing array of old photos collection, vintage photography of materials collected by passionate amateurs and beautiful postcards.
This place, steeped in history of the island is without doubt one of the “must see”, especially if we want to (re) discover Mauritius of yesteryear. A guided tour of about an hour is offered by one of the founding members of the museum or by one of the competent partners.
The Port-Louis Museum Of Shell (Le musée du coquillage de Port-Louis)
The Shell Museum – located in the heart of the capital – features a wide variety of shells of different endemic species, colors and sizes. 3000 shells, including endemic species are exposed. A space for the strange shell of great value is even dedicated to it. For the record, the shell museum was established in the Tamarin area in 1972 through a scuba diving enthusiast Vic Chakowa, who wished to share his discoveries.
Eureka Creole home (Eureka, la maison créole)
Built in 1830, the Eureka house has been renovated and converted into a museum in 1986. Also called home to 117 doors, this authentic house with amazing scenery transports us to the colonial past of Mauritius. An entrenched era in our history. The museum offers a real journey through various art pieces, antiques and old maps used by settlers at the time. It also has a large garden of endemic plants, dotted with small waterfalls and kilometers of trails for hikers. This place, out of time, with the backdrop Le Pouce Mountain, definitely worth a visit.
Robert Edward Hart Museum – La Nef (Le musée Robert Edward Hart – La Nef)
The poet himself has built this house in the South after his first home was crushed by a cyclone. This unusual house, made of coral was the sanctuary of the poet Robert Edward Hart from 1941 until his death in 1954. Having become museum since the 60s, La Nef – which has been renovated recently – will deliver the secrets of the poet’s life during his last years of life.