THE PHOTO MUSEUM
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.