History and Culture
With an understanding of the fascinating history of the island the curious visitor can fully appreciate the unique mix of cultures.
Blue Penny Museum at the Caudan Waterfront
The museum's setting in an historical stone building belies the beautifully designed modern interior with user-friendly interactive displays. As well as the famous stamp which gives it its name the museum contains a wealth of information not only about postage and communication but about the history of the island in general.
Natural History Museum
The beginnings of this collection date back to 1842 making it the oldest museum in the south eastern Indian ocean. The collection includes insects, birds, reptiles and fish as well as the unfortunate Dodo and other extinct species. Port Louis town centre.
Photography Museum - Musée de la Photographie
A small privately run specialist museum in Port Louis with displays and archives on the history of photography in Mauritius.
Listed in 2006 by UNESCO as a world heritage site the buildings of Aapravasi Ghat in Port Louis district were used between 1834 and 1920 by the authorities processing indentured labourers arriving from India. Almost half a million labourers arrived here and went to work in the local sugar plantations or sailed on to Reunion, Australia, other parts of Africa and the Caribbean.
Naval History Museum in Mahébourg
The exhibition portrays the history of the island from the time of the first landing by the Dutch in 1598 near to Mahébourg and the subsequent colonisation by the French in 1715. The building itself served as a hospital for the two enemy commanding officers from the French and British fleets after the disastrous battle of Grand Port in 1810. Relics from the many shipwrecks around the island bring the display to life.
The island's Creole cuisine bears the stamp of at least seven cultures from the first Arab traders to the Portuguese sailors, followed by Dutch, French, English, Indian and Chinese settlers. A former replenishment stop on the Spice Route the island has been dusted with the most exotic flavours including garlic, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, thyme, parsley, nutmeg, aniseed, cumin, coriander, cardamom, and tamarind.
Snack on samoosas before a typical main course such as chicken briani with tasty side dishes such as rich chutneys (coconut, mango chutney) and freshly fried faratas. Venison and wildboar appeal to stronger tastes. Don't forget the fish and seafood as well as mouthwatering desserts such as banana rum flambé and exotic fresh fruit salad. Tantalise your tastebuds with a drop of local rum infused with flavours of local exotic fruits and spices.