Blue Penny Museum Mauritius
The Blue Penny Museum a museum dedicated to the history and art of Mauritius. It is home to some acclaimed collections, that are a true testimony of the historical and cultural wealth and diversity to be found in Mauritius.
Founded by The Mauritius Commercial Bank and built at the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, the Blue Penny Museum is one of the jewels of Mauritius. It opened in November 2001, it’s a small museum but there some interesting and informative exhibits showing the development of Mauritius.
The museum has 6 rooms:
The Age of Discovery – this provides an insight into the world of navigation.
The Island Builders – offers a broad outline of the colonial history of the island.
Port Louis a Leading City – houses a series of old images and maps taking you on a voyage, back to the Port Louis of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Postal Adventure – a room offering a broad outline of the history of the postal service in Mauritius.
Engraved Memory – information about how the engraving of stamps began in Mauritius
Paul and Virginie – This famous novel by the French author, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, is forever associated with Mauritius.
A visit to the Blue Penny Museum Mauritius would be incomplete without a stop at the philately section. The collection includes the famous 1847 Blue Penny and Red Penny stamps. The stamps were bought in 1993 for $2,000,000 by a consortium of Mauritian enterprises headed by The Mauritius Commercial Bank and brought back to Mauritius after almost 150 years. For conservation, the originals are lit only temporarily. Most of the time only copies can be seen.