Lots of interesting facts, well presented with model and pictures, and the original machinery from a working sugar mill. We learnt a lot, but it’s impossible to read everything in a single visit, so be selective.
The history of Mauritius is well covered and we learnt a lot that wasn’t explained on the Internet. We’re interested in old machinery, so found the exhibits from the mill fascinating. Sadly, as I’ll explain, we never saw the section on how the cane juice is processed into sugar.
Lunch in the restaurant was splendid, well cooked and excellent presentation. Probably the best meal of the trip, and most of our meals in Mauritius have been great.
The only problem we encountered, and the reason we’ve only given it 4 stars was the humidity and lack of air flow in the museum. We noticed in the morning it was unpleasantly stuffy in the museum. We cooled off during lunch. But when we went back after lunch, it was unbearable. It wasn’t that hot a day, but the high humidity made it intolerable to stay; we noted the only member of staff present was sitting by an open door! Within minutes of entering, we were covered in sweat. It was impossible to concentrate, and we had to leave. Annoying, we could have spent another hour there.
The problem wouldn’t be so bad in the winter, when it’s cooler. If you go during the hot season, try to get there early, and be prepared to leave by lunchtime. Also if you are feeling hot, avoid the exhibits on the upper floor, the heat is far worse there.
It’s a great shame. But don’t miss this great attraction, it’s probably the best tourist attraction we’ve visited.
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