The Blue Penny Museum

The Blue Penny Museum is an art and history museum that is wholly devoted to Mauritius.

It houses some prestigious collections, which are true testimony of the historical and cultural wealth and diversity of Mauritius, in a stunning layout.

The museum was inaugurated in 2001 and has been designed with unyielding attention to quality in the selection of the works on display, the written descriptions, the layout and the development of interpretation aids.

To begin with, visitors will take a step back into the era of great maritime explorations in the Indian Ocean before moving on to an overview of the three colonial periods in the history of Mauritius.

Your journey into the past continues with a foray into the Port Louis of the 18th and 19th centuries.

What unfolds next is the tale of the history of postal services, namely with the very first postage stamps to be issued in Mauritius, the world-renowned Post Office stamps.

The tour of the museum ends with the beautiful yet tragic story of a mythical couple, Paul and Virginie.

The Blue Penny Museum is one of those rare places providing visitors with a captivating glimpse of the art and history of Mauritius. It is therefore a must-stop for anyone who is curious about discovering the country in depth.
Exhibition Room
The age of discovery. This room has a magical quality and provides an insight into the world of navigation.
The Island Builders

The second room of the museum offers a broad outline of the colonial history of the island.
Port-Louis is a leading city

This third room houses a series of old images and maps that will take you on a voyage through time, back to the Port Louis of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The postal adventure and engraved memory

The visit of the museum continues into a room that offers a broad outline of the history of postal services in Mauritius.
Paul & Virginie

This famous novel by the French author, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, is forever associated with Mauritius and the mythical story of these two lovers is a masterpiece of world literature.

Opening hours

– The museum is open every day between 10a.m. and 5p.m. except Sundays and public holidays.

– The museum closes exceptionally at 2p.m. on 24th and 31st December.

– The exhibition rooms start to close at 4:30p.m.

– The museum admissions desk and boutique close at 4:30p.m


Adults – Rs. 245
Children/Student – Rs. 120
Family (2 adults + 2 children) – Rs. 580
Group of adults (over 10) – Rs. 200 per person
Group of children (over 10) – Rs. 90 per person

– In view of democratising the Mauritian culture and make it more accessible to everyone, our tariffs for residents have been reviewed. The entry fee is now of Rs. 50 across the board, irrespective of age and nationality. 

– For groups of residents (adults/children/students/seniors), the fees for guide services are of Rs. 50 as well. This service is available upon reservation.

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