THE PHOTO MU­SEUM

Islander (English - Chinese) - - DESTINATIO­N MAURITIUS -

Set up in an 18th cen­tury build­ing re­stored by the Port-Louis mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the Mu­seum of Pho­tog­ra­phy of­fers a colos­sal col­lec­tion of images gath­ered from our pho­tog­ra­phers through time. The mu­seum is the re­sult of years of care­ful re­search done by Tris­tan Bréville, founder of the mu­seum, a pho­tog­ra­pher and a his­tory afi­cionado, with the sup­port of his wife MarieNoëll­e and his chil­dren Marie-Julie and Frédérick.

It must be noted that the first “photo” of the South­ern Hemi­sphere was taken in Mauritius in De­cem­ber 1839, only three months af­ter the Pho­to­graphic Law was passed in French parliament, al­low­ing free ac­cess to pho­tog­ra­phy for the whole world. The Bréville fam­ily cre­ated a true na­tional pho­to­graphic ar­chive of Mauritius, much ac­claimed by vis­i­tors. On dis­play is the founder’s col­lec­tion of the first of­fi­cial pho­tos on da­guerreo­types. Don’t for­get to ask him to shoot a por­trait with his unique 19th cen­tury pho­to­graph­ic­cha­m­ber as if you were in 1839!

Tris­tan is a pas­sion­ate col­lec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy (more than 400,000 items), postage stamps, 19th cen­tury pho­tog­ra­phy (more than 3,000 pieces), Mau­ri­tian posters, lit­er­a­ture and au­dio-vis­ual equip­ment since the 19th cen­tury. He owns the largest col­lec­tion of Mau­ri­tian post­cards and a Mu­seum of Mau­ri­tian Art (more than 4,000- pieces) among oth­ers.

Ad­dress: 5, Rue du Vieux Con­seil, PortLouis.

Open­ing hours: Mon­day to Fri­day, 10:00 - 15:00.

En­trance fee: fees ap­ply for adult res­i­dents and non-res­i­dents, free for chil­dren un­der 12.

Tel : +230 5715 5294, +230 5428 9924.

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