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Address: Jardin de la Compagnie, Port Louis, Mauritius
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+230 212 0639

Founded in 1880, this museum features an exhibit of the popular Dodo, the...

Founded in 1880, this museum features an exhibit of the popular Dodo, the flightless bird that has been extinct since the end of the 17th century, and a vast library collection of more than 50,000 books.

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Explore another facet of Mauritius 体验毛里求斯的另一面

Great place to see the marks left by British and French colonies, understand more about history of slaves, aquatic life and animals, dodo bird, and other endemic animals. Hope our... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
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Newcastle, England
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163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It looks impressive from the outside although the guard on the door - not his fault, explained it was closed and will reopen in 3 weeks. I was only there for the day and possibly will never return? (What good was that?) Just kidding - Look of the draw I know. Because of this, it gets only a 3 (Maybe... More 

Thank Camos07
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278 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Located in Mahebourg, this is both interesting and fascinating as it has a mixture of artifacts from local sources. Although not large in size it has enough material to keep you interested in the local history of naval artifacts and natural history.

Thank Hello T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Great place to see the marks left by British and French colonies, understand more about history of slaves, aquatic life and animals, dodo bird, and other endemic animals. Hope our government invest more in this unique museum and better preserve our national heritage. 可以感受英国殖民和法国殖民时期留下的痕迹,还有介绍奴隶历史,海洋世界,渡渡鸟,本地独有的鸟类植物类等。希望我们的政府多关注这个独特的博物馆,保护我们国家遗产。

Thank Sharon T
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This is apparently closed for a year - refurbishment. This information is not available on their website either. When it does reopen.... please make sure you have parking tickets for zone 1 (Rup 20 per 30 min) if travelling by car.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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388 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Called in last September for an hour or so. We're interested in natural history so found the museum very interesting, as it was our only opportunity to see the endemic wildlife even if they were stuffed. We agree with other reviews that the dodo exhibit is the best feature especially as you can't see anything like it anywhere else. It... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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541 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 489 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I wass fortunate to get into the said Museum before the recent closure for renovations. it was a small but friendly museum but the proverbial 'jewel in the crown' was, of course, the dodo exhibits with recent skeletons disinterred from a swamp in South Eastern Mauritius as the piece de resistance.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We found it quite difficult to find the entrance to the museum as it is not well signposted: it is to the right of the garden with the colourful dodo statues. It is free to enter. The toilet is by the entrance door. Photography is allowed. It is warm as it is not properly climate-controlled. The museum is relatively small... More 

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Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

We were looking forward to going to this museum, but when we arrived on Feb 11th, 2017 there was a sign on the gate saying it was closed for renovations. The guard told us, it would be closed for approximately 2 yrs. You may want to check ahead before going.

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San Cristóbal De Las Casas
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

My grandparents wanted to take us here and I pushed back for awhile and seeing as it was free thought oh well may as well... was truly presents surprised. Quite a laid bag smallish museum with some history abit the dodo as well as exhibits on the different animals and bird life- really enjoyed myself

Thank Carly Marie B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I agree with many of the other reviews in the that this little local museum is definitely not "modern" yet it does have something to offer and worth a visit. The display on the extinct dodo bird, endemic to this island, I found to be the most interesting. Entry is free, only open until noon on Saturday, closed on Sunday.

Thank Cindy M

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