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Address: Jardin de la Compagnie, Port Louis, Mauritius
Phone Number:
2302120639
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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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Worth a visit for the dodo exhibit

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
cngj
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Carrie W
San Cristóbal De Las Casas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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.

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Thank Cindy M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

As mentioned in some other reviews, the building itself is in need of some love and maybe a vacuum and wipe down. BUT the exhibits that are there are informative and some are strange and fascinating. I found the dodo section to be the most informative and interesting as I knew nothing about them except they were extinct. It's free... More 

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Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

No Entry Fee!!!!!! For a free attraction the Natural History Museum was amazing. Not a Mauritian History Museum so much as a collection of Bird, Reptile, Insect and Ocean life History. AND the highlight for me was the Dodo display. I have been fascinated with Dodos since a child and to see this display was just wonderful. This is one... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

But not a history of Mauritius. It had fossils, a shell collection, and many specimens that need some tender, loving repairs. Dodo exhibit is interesting and informative. Wish it was bigger!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Port Louis museum situated in the capital of Mauritius paradise island, this place have a lot history about the country, Dodo, a lot of other things about Mauritius paradise island.

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