National History Museum
Rault Biscuit Factory
In 1870 the Rault family started producing manioc biscuits at their little biscuit factory on the northern outskirts of Mahébourg. It...
Son of Kite
During the winter months when the winds are strong in the southeast, you can kitesurf in the bay with Son of Kite. A one-hour private...
The modern London Way is on the main road heading towards Pointe d'Esny.
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The colonial mansion housing this museum, just beyond central Mahébourg, used to belong to the Robillard family and played an important part in the island's history. It was here in 1810 that the injured commanders of the French and English fleets were taken for treatment after the Battle of Vieux Grand Port (the only naval battle in which the French got the upper hand over their British foes). The story of the victory is retold in the museum, along with salvaged items – cannons, grapeshot and the all-important wine bottles – from the British frigate Magicienne, which sank in the battle.
The museum contains some fascinating artefacts, including early maps of the island and renderings of Mauritius' original fauna including, of course, the dodo. One real curio is a picture of Dutch gentlemen riding in pairs on the back of a giant tortoise, who also went the way of the dodo.
The bell and a cache of Spanish coins from the wreck of the St Géran are also on display. The ship's demise in 1744, off the northeast coast of Mauritius, inspired the famous love story Paul et Virginie by Bernardin de St-Pierre.
New additions to the museum include a retrofitted train carriage out back and a replica of Napoleon's boat used in the infamous battle won against the English (a re-creation of the battle itself is in the works).