Natural History Museum & Mauritius Institute
Jardins de la Compagnie
Jardins de la Compagnie is by far the city's most attractive garden, with its vast banyan trees, huge number of statues, quiet benches...
Government House is a beautiful French-colonial structure dating from 1738, although it was added to later. Outside it stands a...
This small but engaging museum, down a cobbled lane opposite the Municipal Theatre, is the labour of love of local photographer Tristan...
The appealing Municipal Theatre has changed little since it was built in 1822, making it the oldest theatre in the Indian Ocean region....
Bombay Sweets Mart
Bombay Sweets Mart is famous for the Indian nibbles colourfully known as caca pigeon (literally, 'pigeon droppings').
La Chaussée St · interesting places nearby
Natural History Museum & Mauritius Institute information
The major attraction at this small but proud museum is the famous (though somewhat grubby) reconstruction of a dodo. Scottish scientists assembled the curious-looking bird in the late 19th century, using the only complete dodo skeleton in existence, although experts with whom we spoke suggested that the scale might be slightly larger than life.
The rest of the museum's halls get marks for trying, with a good collection of stuffed endemic bird species, including the solitaire and red rail, both now extinct but nowhere near as famous as the dodo.