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Blue Penny Museum

The Entrance of Blue Penny MuseumThis state-of-the-art museum, situated on the waterfront in Port Louis, presents to visitors fascinating perspectives on Mauritian history and art. A visit of the museum's exquisite collection is a "must" for all! Founded by The Mauritius Commercial Bank in November 2001, the Blue Penny Museum exhibits exceptional items that have been collected and preserved over the years by the Bank, a venerable institution established since 1838. The visit starts on the first floor in a magical room called "The Age of Discovery". Dedicated to the world of navigation, the room conjures up the adventures of those early pioneers who braved the oceans in quest of unknown and mysterious lands. Model ships, charts and nautical instruments from various periods and origins retrace progress in geographical and maritime knowledge.

 

Visiting Blue Penny museum of Mauritius"A Highly Coveted Land", the Museum's second room, exhibits a wealth of original engravings, charts and artefacts highlighting the main stages of the island's three successive periods of occupation, from the arrival of the Dutch in 1598 to the conquest of the Isle de France by the British in 1810. After this turbulent period, we move to nineteenth century Port Louis. Lithographs, prints and watercolours depict the bustling port, pleasant walks in the outlying areas of the capital and roads swarming with tradesmen and passers-by, amazing aspects of an expanding city, full of shops and attractive buildings. All views are accompanied by comparative present-day photographs which allow the visitor to locate the place within the town. The contrast is striking and brings about a mixture of nostalgia for and attraction of a long bygone age.

Picture and photoshoot in MauritiusAfter this turbulent period, we move to nineteenth century Port Louis. Lithographs, prints and watercolours depict the bustling port, pleasant walks in the outlying areas of the capital and roads swarming with tradesmen and passers-by, amazing aspects of an expanding city, full of shops and attractive buildings. All views are accompanied by comparative present-day photographs which allow the visitor to locate the place within the town. The contrast is striking and brings about a mixture of nostalgia for and attraction of a long bygone age.