THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
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,
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