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Location North
Operating Hours 10:00 - 17:00
Operating Days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Duration Flexible
Activity Time Flexible
Transportation Offered as Supplement
Comment Children 0-6 years enter free
Location
North
Operating Hours
10:00 - 17:00
Operating Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Duration
Flexible
Activity Time
Flexible
Transportation
Offered as Supplement
Comment
Children 0-6 years enter free

from 7€

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Overview & Highlights
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Blue Penny Museum Visit - Overview

Located in Port Louis, the Capital of Mauritius, The Blue Penny Museum is the most famous and visited museum in Mauritius. The museum boasts a precious heritage collection about the rich history of the island. It offers you a real expedition through the past of Mauritius, its colonial period and its growth over the years.

Grab the opportunity to learn about Mauritius through artefacts and well preserved historical gems. You will have the chance to see five of the rarest stamps from centuries ago, the Red Penny and Blue Penny Stamps, beautiful and ancient statues and so much more.

Holidaying in Mauritius is not only about beaches, rivers and mountains. It also has a rich historical heritage that would definitely capture your thoughts. Visiting the Blue Penny Museum would be an interesting activity on your trip to Paradise Island.

Highlights:

  • Discover Mauritian History through well preserved artefacts
  • Antique ‘Post Office’ Stamp Collection with the rare Blue Penny Stamp
  • Enjoy a relaxed stroll through the different exhibits
  • Souvenir Shop on site to allow you to buy a token to remember this activity by
  • Ideal for group of friends or families

What's Included
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Blue Penny Museum Visit - Inclusions

  • Entrance Fee
  • Access to all exhibitions and souvenir shop

Exhibits at the museum:

  • The Age of Discovery - This room provides an insight into the world of navigation of the Indian Ocean.
  • The Island Builders - This second room of the museum offers a broad outline of the colonial history of the island.
  • Port Louis; a leading city - This third room houses a series of old images and maps that will take you on a voyage through time, back to the Port Louis of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • The Postal Adventure - The visit of the museum continues into a room that offers a broad outline of the history of postal services in Mauritius.
  • Engraved memory - This room will provide you with more information about how the engraving of stamps began in Mauritius.
  • Paul & Virginie - This famous novel by the French author, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, is forever associated with Mauritius and the mythical story of these two lovers is a masterpiece of world literature.

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Transportation & Driver Details
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Transport is available for an additional supplement and will include pick up and drop off from any hotel / place of accommodation in Mauritius.

Car Capacities

You can choose from a selection of vehicles types:

Family Car - Up to 4 passengers
6 Seater vehicle - Up to 6 passengers
Minivan - Up to 10 passengers
About the Drivers

All drivers speak fluent English and French (Upon special request we can organise drivers who speak additional languages). The drivers, citizens of Mauritius, will be happy to provide you with information about Mauritius and each of its sights.

All drivers are very professional, time efficient and friendly. There is high emphasis on being always on time and providing reliable devoted service to customers.


Meeting Point & Times
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Meeting Point:

 Port -Louis , North

Start & End times:
Operating hours: 10h00 - 17h00*
Operating days: Everyday, except Sunday and public holidays**
Duration of visit: Flexible

 

Note:

 

*Admission desk & boutique closes at 16h30 . Exhibition rooms start to close at 16h30 **The museum closes exceptionally at 2p.m. on 24th and 31st December

**The museum closes exceptionally at 2p.m. on 24th and 31st December


Full Description
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About Blue Penny Museum

The Blue Penny Museum will have you on a journey to the past of Mauritius. Discover the historical and cultural facets of Mauritius through numerous enchanting avenues. The museum is the place to be for history, literature and art aficionados. You will be transported back in time through the epic collections of photographs, paintings, stamps, coins and statues

The Exhibition Rooms

It features 6 distinct exhibition rooms each with a different theme namely: The Maritime World, Colonisation, The Capital, Postal History, Philately and ‘Paul et Virginie’.

  • The Age of Discovery Room depicts the world of navigation within the Indian Ocean over the years. Within its enclosed area it features objects and snippets about navigation, exploration, discovery, maps, technology and commercial routes.
  • The Island Builders Room is the second exhibition you will go through. It will allow you to learn how Mauritius was colonised, how settlers took over territories and eventually extrapolated to population and development.
  • The room named after the Capital of Mauritius, Port-Louis, features, as its name suggests, the history of the capital through old photographs. You will foray into the evolution and development of the port and town since 1736.
  • The Postal Adventure exhibition room will have you go over the history of postal services in the country. You will learn about the channels and communication systems organised over nearly 4 centuries. A real walk down memory lane.
  • You cannot leave the Blue Penny Museum without checking out the Philately room. This room is all about stamps, from the manufacture over the course of history to the exhibition of the Blue and Red Penny stamps.
  • The Paul & Virginie room is an ode to the famous novel by the French author, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, is forever associated with Mauritius and the mythical story of these two lovers is a masterpiece of world literature. It features artistic representations of Historical sources, the tragedy, the vestiges, the novel and its notoriety.

The Blue Penny Museum is one of those rare places providing visitors with a captivating glimpse of the art and history of Mauritius. It is therefore a must-stop for anyone who is curious about discovering the country in depth. Once your tour is over you can always make a stop at the shop to get some souvenirs to remember this day by.

About the shop at Blue Penny Museum

The museum’s boutique offers visitors an entire line of products inspired by the Post Office stamps and the finest jewels of the Mauritian heritage.

Philately enthusiasts will find there a range of items inspired by the Blue Penny and Red Vermilion – T-shirts, bookmarks, caps, soap, pens as well as key rings. The boutique also sells various items related to the exhibitions of the museum, detailing the history and heritage of Mauritius.

Ship models, postcards, table mats, posters, reproductions of engravings and prints as well as handicrafts and a number of books on Mauritius are on display on elegant beech wood shelves - all of them amazing treasures to be acquired and shared.


Comments & Notes
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  • Food and drinks are not permitted inside the museum.
  • No photography is allowed inside the museum.
  • The Post Office stamps are only visible for 10 minutes on the half-hour of every opening hour. The aim is to protect these philatelic gems from the ageing and destroying effects of sunrays.

Prices
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Blue Penny Museum Visit  
Price per Adult 7 Euros
Price per Child (as from 7 Years) 4 Euros
Price per Child (0 - 6 Years)  Free

 


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2Choose Booking Option

When choosing this order option, you will be asked to enter your preferred date for going on the activity as part of the order process. This option will entitle you to reserve and guarantee your place for this activity on a specific preferred time and date that suit you most. Please note that in case you order any activity which takes more than 1 day, the preferred date represents the date on which you would like to start the activity.

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(Valid for 3 months)

By ordering an Open Voucher you will be able to choose your preferred date for this activity during a later stage (when you already have full knowledge of the schedule for your trip) and not during the order process. This way you benefit maximum flexibility regarding the date of the desired activity. The open voucher can be used to go on this specific activity during a period of 3 months from the date of its purchase. To learn more about the option of an open voucher, please read our Order & Payment Methods page.

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