Mauritius Naval Museum

The naval museum is located in Mahébourg in an old one-story raised colonial residence, built around 1771 with a wide front porch. It belonged to the commander of the Grand Port district, Jean de Robillard, whose initials can be seen on the wrought iron balustrade, at the time of the Battle of Grand Port in 1810. He had a military hospital installed in his house, to treating the wounded on both sides of the battle, including French Vice-Admiral Duperré and English Admiral Willoughby.

The colonial government bought the building in 1950 which it restored to install the current museum, under the direction of members of the Maurice Institute. Two of the three floors occupied by the museum are open to the public. Models of ships from the period, Surcouf’s weapons, original swords, cannons and cannonballs, as well as portraits and paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries are on display. Most of the objects are related to the naval and maritime history of Mauritius.

We also note the bell of the Saint-Géran shipwrecked in 1744 and documents (various objects, logbook) from the Trevessa landed in 1923, and the famous lithographs by Alfred Richard representing Mauritian landscapes and types of the 19th century.

The first floor exhibits furniture from the colonial period (with a sedan chair) that belonged to La Bourdonnais, some of which are in the Compagnie des Indes style, and various maps. A showcase is dedicated to Mauritian heroes of the Second World War.

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