Blue Penny Museum Visit
|Operating Hours||10:00 - 17:00|
|Operating Days||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday|
|Transportation||Offered as Supplement|
|Comment||Children 0-6 years enter free|
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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.
- 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
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.
Transport is available for an additional supplement and will include pick up and drop off from any hotel / place of accommodation in Mauritius.
You can choose from a selection of vehicles types:
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.
Port -Louis , North
|Operating hours:||10h00 - 17h00*|
|Operating days:||Everyday, except Sunday and public holidays**|
|Duration of visit:||Flexible|
*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
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.
- 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.
|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|