THE BLUE PENNY MUSEUM
Set up in a beautiful old stone Building, next to the wharf at Le
Caudan Waterfont, the Blue Penny Museum presents a rich collection of priceless national treasures, made all the more enthralling by a well-designed scenography. Exhibits encompass ancient maps, prints, paintings, sculptures, stamps and memorabilia that all bear witness to the eventful history of the island and its development, capturing an interactive overview of a country at the very crossroads of Europe, African and Asian cultures.
Displaying a wide collection of old nautical charts, model ships and nautical instruments, hand-drawn maps, engravings and old paintings, the museum retraces the main episodes of discovery of Mauritius and the Mascarene islands, the successive occupation of the island until independence, and the creation of PortLouis and its evolution up to the end of the 19th century. It also recalls the engraved memory, with all the primitive stamps of Mauritius, including the famous Post Office, seen as a gem in the world of philately.
Opening hours: 10:00 to 16:30. Closed on Sundays and public holidays Entrance: adult fee; reduced rates for children, students, groups and families.
Opened in March 2018, the Bank of Mauritius Museum located in the original premises of the country’s central bank, on Sir William Newton Street, aims at showcasing the history of Mauritius as a three-centuryold regional financial centre, through the evolution of currency and money at large.
The Museum contains an impressive array of some 500 artefacts jointly collected by the Bank of Mauritius, the MCB Group Ltd and the HSBC (Mauritius) Ltd, with the contribution of The Royal Mint and the banknoteproducing firm Thomas De La Rue.
The journey starts with the Arab period (12th century). The collection encompasses coins minted abroad by the colonial governments for use in Mauritius, and gold or silver coins like Arab dinars or British
Indian mohur, dating from the regional trade during colonial times.
One of the centrepieces of the museum’s collection is an early 17th century Dutch Batavia – present-day Jakarta in Indonesia – Tael owned by the BoM, a very rare coin as referenced in numismatic books and catalogues. The museum also traces back the official currencies used before the Mauritian Rupee was adopted in 1934. It displays a range of official documents from past banking institutions, as testaments to the rich legacy of our banking system.
The Museum boasts state-of-the-art interactive systems and touch-enabled screens for an immersive user experience.
Opening hours: Weekdays only, from 09:30 - 16:00. Entrance: free
Guided tours: available to groups on request.