Natural History Museum & Mauritius Institute

Port Louis

The major attraction at this small museum – which was closed for much-needed renovations when we visited – used to be the famous reconstruction of a dodo. But with the museum closed, the dodo has been moved to Mahébourg's National History Museum where it may very well remain. What form the museum will take when it reopens remained unclear at the time of research.

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Nearby Port Louis attractions

1. Jardins de la Compagnie

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Jardins de la Compagnie is the city's most attractive garden, with its vast banyan trees, huge number of statues, quiet benches and fountains. During the…

2. Government House

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Government House is a beautiful French-colonial structure dating from 1738, although it was added to in later years. Outside it stands a typically solemn…

3. Place d'Armes

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The city's most imposing boulevard, Place d'Armes is lined with royal palms and leads up to Government House, a beautiful French-colonial structure dating…

4. Photography Museum


This small but engaging museum, down a cobbled lane opposite the Municipal Theatre, is the labour of love of local photographer Tristan Bréville. He's…

6. Central Market

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Port Louis' rightly famous Central Market, the centre of the local economy since Victorian times, is a good place to get a feel for local life, watch the…

7. Mauritius Postal Museum

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This interesting museum beside the Central Post Office houses a mishmash of commemorative stamps and other postal paraphernalia from around the world. One…

8. St Louis Cathedral

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The slightly austere St Louis Cathedral dates from 1932 and is popular with the Chinese community.