Museums in Mauritius

Arts & Culture
Museums are a great way to learn about a country when you are travelling and there are several spectacular museums on the island that have become major Mauritius attractions. These museums range from cultural experiences to government to everyday life to the history of the people and natural history of Mauritius. Many travellers always want to know what they are going to witness when visiting a museum so here is quick rundown on several of the more important museums in Mauritius.

Museums located in Port Louis

Musée de la Photographie (Photographic Museum)

The Photographic Museum is haven for camera lovers and delivers stunning exhibits which include numerous Daguerrotypes that were the first photographs created by Jacques Daguerre and one of the world’s largest collections of postcards as well as camera equipment that dates from the 1840s to modern day.

Address: Rue du Vieux conseil, Port Louis
Tel: (230) 5970 1440

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday : 10 00  to 15 00 hrs
Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre for Culture

Located in Plaine Verte the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre for Culture takes a fascinating look at the first Prime Minister of Mauritius and is situated in his old house. The house museum explains the life of the first prime minister who also practiced medicine within the home. Guests can gaze at period furnishings and an interesting bronze statue of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.
Address: 87, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Street, Plaine Verte
Tel: (230) 242 0053

Opening hours:
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: Closed 


Blue Penny Museum

The Blue Penny Museum is an art and history museum dedicated exclusively to our island, Mauritius; from history of maritime explorations in the Indian Ocean to an overview of the three different colonial periods which the island has experienced, discovery of Port Louis in the 18th and 19th centuries and history of postal services, with the very first postage stamps to be issued in Mauritius.  The tour of the museum ends with the beautiful yet tragic story of a mythical couple, Paul and Virginie. It is a fantastic place to view statues, vintage coins and stamps related to Mauritius including the orange-red one penny as well as additional art exhibits from local artists.

Four types of visits are possible at the museum namely:
General Visit - General overview of the historical past and art history of Mauritius
Themed Visit (Recommended for students) - Focus is on one exhibition room only
Guided Visit (Duration 45mins to 1 hour) - Discovery of the different exhibition rooms with a guide
Privilege Visit - Outside normal opening hours including cocktail reception

It also has a shop with great souvenirs to collect or offer as gifts.

Address: Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis
Tel: (230) 210 8176

Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10hrs to 17hrs (Note: Exhibition rooms start to close at 16hrs30) 
Sunday and Public holidays: Closed
The museum closes exceptionally at 14hrs on 24th and 31st December.
The museum admissions desk and shop close at 16hrs30.



The entry fee is at Rs 50 across the board, irrespective of age. 
For groups of residents (adults/children/students/seniors), the fees for guide services are at Rs 50 as well. This service is available upon reservation.

Adult Rs 245
Children/Student Rs 120
Family (2 adults + 2 children) Rs 580
Group of adults (over 10) Rs 200 per person
Group of children (over 10) Rs 90 per person

Mauritius Postal Museum

The Mauritius Postal Museum is a unique look at the postal department of the island and is housed in an historic 18th century stone building. Here visitors can see exhibits on philatelic memorabilia, blue penny stamps and a variety of historic photographs of delivery vehicles as well as old post offices around the island.

Address: Port Louis Waterfront, Trunk Road, Port Louis
Tel: (230) 213 4812

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 09hrs30 to 16hrs30
Saturday & Public Holidays: 10hrs to 16hrs
Sunday: Closed
Children from 0 to 10 years old
 Free Free
Children from 11 to 17 years old
Rs 25 Rs 90
Adults up to 60 years old
Rs 50 Rs 150
Senior citizens
Free Rs 90
Family fare – 2 adults & 2 children
Rs 135 Rs 440
Group fare – 10 to 14 adults
Rs 45 per person Rs 135 per person
Group fare – more than 15 adults Rs 40 per person Rs 120 per person

National History Museum

The Natural History Museum is a splendid exhibit hall which concentrates on the natural side of Mauritius. Once there travellers will be delighted with viewing three galleries that include various bird species of the region, reptiles as well as several monkeys, lemurs and a wild boar head. The second gallery focuses on marine life in the area with an impressive collection of seashells as well as skeletons of sharks and various tropical fish. The last gallery is dedicated to the extinct Dodo bird which inhabited the island for centuries until Dutch occupation of Mauritius.

Important Notice:
The Natural History Museum is closed for visits since 31 January 2017 due to major renovation of the building until further notice; some of the species previously displayed at the Port Louis museum can be seen for the being in the other museums until end of renovation works.

Address: Mauritius Institute Building, Chaussée, Port Louis
Tel: (230) 289 2798

Museums outside of Port Louis
Robert Edward Hart Memorial Museum

Located in Souillac the Robert Edward Hart Memorial Museum is situated in a gorgeous bungalow made of coral from La Nef Reef. Hart was a Mauritian poet born in 1891 and the house museum features his original works from speeches to letters to plays to poetry as well as period furnishings that he used in his daily life.

Address: Autard Street, Souillac
Tel: (230) 625 6101

Opening hours:
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: Closed 

Frederick Hendrik Museum

The Frederick Hendrik Museum located in Vieux Grand Port is situated on the ruins of the first Dutch fort that was constructed in Mauritius. The site contains a prison, blacksmith shop and a lodge. There is also an historic Catholic Church which dates back to 1737. The museum boasts interesting artefacts on exhibit that have been found during archaeological excavations of the site and explains much about the everyday lives of the Dutch occupants.

Address: Royal Road, Old Grand Port
Tel: (230) 634 4319

Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 0900 to 1600 hrs
Wednesday:11 00 to 16 00 hrs 
Sunday: 0900  to 12 00 hrs.
Public Holiday: Closed

Sookdeo Bissoondoyal Memorial Museum

Located in Tyack the Sookdeo Bissoondoyal Memorial Museum celebrates the life of this famous Mauritian. Once inside you can view a replica of the Taj Mahal, a portrait of Sookdeo Bissoondoyal painted by P. Ghose as well as a bronze bust of this famous activist. Other interesting items include drawings of Mahatma Gandhi as well as Vinovabhavey and there is plenty of period furnishings that help explain this man’s daily life.

Address: Royal Road, Tyack, Riviere des Anguilles
Tel: (230) 626 3732

Opening hours:
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: Closed 

National History Museum

Located in Mahebourg the National History Museum concentrates on the history of the different inhabitants of the island throughout the years. Exhibits range from known documentation from the first people to discover Mauritius which were the Arabs to the colonisation by the Dutch East India Company and the French and British rule. The museum explains the island’s role in sugar cane, slavery, indentured servitude and the immigration of people from China, Africa, France, England as well as India.

Address: Royal Road, Mahebourg
Tel: (230) 631 9329

Opening hours:
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.