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Blue Penny Museum

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Address: Blue Penny Square, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius
Phone Number: +230-210-8176
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Description: Founded by The Mauritius Commercial Bank and erected at the Caudan...
Founded by The Mauritius Commercial Bank and erected at the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, this state-of-the-art Museum is one of the jewels of Mauritius cultural establishments. Resolutely modern and dynamic in its conception, it houses an exquisite heritage collection that speaks of Mauritius and the region. Transcending time and space, from the first explorer to set foot on the island, all through its successive settlers from Europe, Africa and Asia, an exciting adventure awaits you. Interwoven with reality are the numerous legends which make us all dream. If deep down, you want to taste the soul of Mauritius, to feel its heart beating with memories of the past, to learn all about what makes it so endearing, then the Blue Penny Museum is a must.
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So tiny, so rare and so expensive!

It is worthwhile to visit the small, but well done, Blue Penny Museum (opened in 2001) in Port-Louis, home to the famous orange-red one penny and blue two pence stamps in mint... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Paris, France
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Seeing such rare stamps may not attract everyone but there is much more to see if you are interested in the history of the island. A worthwhile visit but make sure you check the time that the stamps will be displayed as they are only lit up for a few minutes each hour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We got entrance to the museum as part of an excursion we were on and spent a grand total of 10 minutes going around. The stamps were obviously the highlight but they are tiny and the lights are only allowed on for 10 minutes each hour of the day. I'm glad we got the entry included as I wouldn't pay... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

It is worthwhile to visit the small, but well done, Blue Penny Museum (opened in 2001) in Port-Louis, home to the famous orange-red one penny and blue two pence stamps in mint condition depicting Queen Victoria just to say you have seen these famous stamps. They are among the rarest stamps in the world, they were issued by the British... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

If you love stamps then that's the place for you! Additionally, history about the post, colonial times and Mauritius! The only worthy place in Port Louis!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

You cannot visit Mauritius, and especially Port Louis, and not visit this gem of a museum. Fascinating and professionally displayed antique maps, maritime instruments and old antiques, exhibition on the history of Mauritius, postage stamp exhibition including rare stamps, and fabulous sculpture display. Also interesting then and now lithographs and photographs of Port Louis. Would highly recommend this museum -... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The museum gives you a very good summary of the island history and a glimpse on the most valuable stamps of Mauritius. We felt that the entrance fee was quite high R245.00 per adult/ MUR490.00 per couple and this was not justified as the explanation of the displayed article(s) or goods were poor & some only in one language and... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The rare philatelic material in the museum. Both stamps and postal history are on display. Also rare maps and other things of interest relating to Mauritius' Connections with the sea and trade.

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Very nice, but a little poor because you cannot built a Museum around a Stamp and few images of Paul&Virginie. People coming from Italy where we have 70% of all monuments in the word it is a little bit funny. Therefore we can appreciate the efforts of the designer!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This quaint museum details the history of the island as well as displaying the worlds rarest stamp although this is only displayed for a short time each day.

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

First off, parking was as scarce as hen's teeth near the museum. Then, the museum cashiers take your money to see the "stamps" and tell you no cameras (even those without flash) are allowed. But worst of all, the tour book we read said that the stamps were lit every 20 minutes. Wrong! They are only lit once an hour,... More 

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