THE NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY MU­SEUM

Islander (English - Chinese) - - DESTINATIO­N MAURITIUS -

The Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum is lo­cated on the ground floor of the Mauritius In­sti­tute Build­ing, right in front of the Com­pany Gar­dens. Built be­tween 1880 and 1884, the Mauritius In­sti­tute Build­ing is listed as a Na­tional Her­itage site. In 2000, the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum of the Mauritius In­sti­tute was pro­claimed a Na­tional mu­seum.

Re­cently ren­o­vated, the mu­seum presents the past 500 years of the nat­u­ral his­tory of Mauritius through four per­ma­nent gal­leries. The bird gallery re­groups the birds of the Mas­carene is­lands, ac­cord­ing to their nat­u­ral habi­tat, be­tween land and sea. The gallery fea­tures sound ef­fects with spe­cific bird calls.

The marine crea­tures gallery re­groups the fish and marine mam­mals found (or pre­vi­ously found) in our wa­ters. The in­sect gallery of­fers an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful and colour­ful but­ter­flies. In the dodo gallery, one can find a well­doc­u­mented his­tory of the dodo and its orig­i­nal en­vi­ron­ment as well as the re­search car­ried out by ar­chae­ol­o­gists. Three full skele­tons of the dodo are dis­played, along with rem­nants of ex­tinct species such as the Ro­drigues Soli­taire and the gi­ant land tor­toise.

Ad­dress: La Chaussée, Port Louis,

En­trance: free

Vis­it­ing Hours: Mon­day to Fri­day: 09:00 - 16:00, Wed­nes­day: 11:00 - 16:00, Satur­day: 09:00 - 12:00 - Closed on Sun­days & pub­lic hol­i­days.

Tel: +230 212 5717

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