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Museum within the historical area

You wont miss this place if you are within the old colonial building on the Main street and the... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
Evanston, Illinois
Due to reopen soon

The museum is currently closed for much-needed renovation. I'm told it will reopen by the end of... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Stephen S
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Founded in 1880, this museum features an exhibit of the popular Dodo, the flightless bird that has been extinct since the end of the 17th century, and a vast library collection of more than 50,000 books.
Jardin de la Compagnie, Port Louis, Mauritius
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 September 2014

No entrance fee, at the terrace a coffee automat, souvenir shop, clean and small toilet. Ei sisäänpääsymaksua, patiolla kahviautomaatti, matkamuistomyymälä, siisti pieni vessa. At the first floor displays of: reptiles, birds, shells, fishes, plastic sharks, skeletons of whales, clams, and naturally a Dodo exhibit! All...More

2  Thank tuija f
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Reviewed 2 March 2007

The Natural History Museum is based next to Company Gardens in Port Louis. Its the oldest museum in Mauritius. Its a rather fusty museum whose most famous exhibit is is a reconstruction of a Dodo from the only complete skeleton in existence. It also contains...More

6  Thank PrestonGuild
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

You wont miss this place if you are within the old colonial building on the Main street and the city park.

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Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

really annoyed that there was no notice to advise that the museum was closed for renovations, me and my friends travelled all the way to Port Louis only to be told that that place was closed . When asked when this would reopen , the...More

1  Thank Leena B
Reviewed 1 July 2018

The museum is currently closed for much-needed renovation. I'm told it will reopen by the end of 2018. At the moment the exhibits are in storage in Mahebourg and will have to be moved back to Port Louis soon so that the National Historical Museum...More

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 15 February 2018

Went to visit Feb 14. Polite construction worker told us that it will open later in the year. When asked when he said "maybe May, June'. All we saw were large dodo replicas in the yard. Went to the Central Market instead. Amazing place. Shoppers...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Travelled to Port Louis specifically to go here. It was closed yet no info given on website. Grrrrrr!

1  Thank Jayne H
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Frustrated as didn’t read reviews on here beforehand and walked around Port Louis thinking we could go and walked for a while only to get there and it be closed for the foreseeable future. No indication on when it was going to re open again...More

2  Thank Beckiebubbles1
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Hi everyone, sadly the museum is closed. Big sign on the front gate saying closed until next year, but no specific month or date saying when it will be open. The guard also just said "next year" to me.

4  Thank TravellingThea
Reviewed 25 July 2017

The place is not too big, which makes it enjoyable to visit, the entrance is free, and there you can see how the dodo used to look. Also there are other endemic species you could learn about. As it is quite central, it is not...More

Thank cora_dnc
Reviewed 18 May 2017

It looks impressive from the outside although the guard on the door - not his fault, explained it was closed and will reopen in 3 weeks. I was only there for the day and possibly will never return? (What good was that?) Just kidding -...More

Thank Camos07
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Located in Mahebourg, this is both interesting and fascinating as it has a mixture of artifacts from local sources. Although not large in size it has enough material to keep you interested in the local history of naval artifacts and natural history.

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Response from Stephen S | Reviewed this property |
I'd recommend visiting the Aapravasi Ghat Museum in Port Louis (and perhaps buying one of the books from there that give some background to Indian arrival in Mauritius) and then going on to the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in... More