Discovery of museums in Mauritius
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- National History Museum
- Frederik Hendrik Museum
- Natural History Museum
Mauritius was formed by a volcanic eruption 10 million years ago, Mauritius was first discovered in the 16th century. From there, it opened doors to rich multicultural stories till we got our independence in 1968. Our country has preserved its cultural heritage in various museums across the island.
Step into the captivating history of Mauritius through the museums below:
National History Museum
Known as Chateau Gheulde or Maison Robillard. This old French colonial country house was built around 1772.
Revisit the battle of the French and British navy through the museum through a collection of prints, paintings, miniature sculptures, and old documents from a famous Mauritian artist, Prosper d’Epinay
– Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 09 00 am to 16 00 pm – Wednesday: 11 00 am to 16 00 pm – Sunday and Public Holiday: 09 00 am to 12 00 pm
Frederik Hendrik Museum
Constructed by the dutch sailors, this Vieux Grand Port Historic Site contains graffiti depicting 18th & 19th-century ships. You can catch sight of the ruins of the first Catholic Church established by Mahé de Labourdonnais in 1737.
Explore the permanent exhibition in the Main Hall where building materials (cannonballs, stones), potteries, clay pipes, and food remains of tortoises, shells among others are displayed.
– Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 09 00 am to 16 00 pm – Wednesday: 11 00 am to 16 00 pm – Sunday: 09 00 am to 12 00 pm – Public Holiday: Closed
Natural History Museum
Get acquainted with our history with the oldest museum in Mauritius! Situated right in the capital (in front of Jardin de la Compagnie ), Port Louis, the museum has 3 galleries. The first one educates visitors about endemic animals such as the Dodo bird and Rodrigue Solitaire bird.
The second gallery is about marine life (fish, sharks, crabs) and you will find a very rare urchin named “ Acanthocidaris curvastispina ” and if you are into geology, the third gallery will fascinate you with an illuminated model of a volcano.
– Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 09 00 am to 16 00 pm – Wednesday: 11 00 am to 16 00 pm – Saturday: 09 00 am to 12 00 pm – Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed