National History Museum of Mauritius
National History Museum of Mauritius (Royal Road, Mahébourg) — located an hour’s drive (45 km.) southeast of Port Louis, this museum (located at Mahébourg on the bank of La Chaux River amidst a luxuriant park of pine trees) is housed in the Gheude Castle, a magnificent French colonial mansion built around 1770. Various facets of the island’s rich history can be seen here, including paintings illustrating the Naval Battle of Grand Port in 1810 between the French and British squadrons, along with tabloids narrating the different phases of the battle. Also, relics from the country’s slavery and indentured (Indian) labor periods are also on display. The Dutch section of the museum was inaugurated by His Highness Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau on 20 September 1998. It was a ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch landing in Mauritius.
Admission: free. Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Monday-Saturday), 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Sunday & public holidays). Closed on Tuesdays.