Frederik Hendrik Museum & Vieux Grand Port Historic Site

Frederik Hendrik Museum & Vieux Grand Port Historic Site

Frederik Hendrik Museum & Vieux Grand Port Historic Site
3.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Kamlesh Boodhoo
Vacoas-Phoenix13 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
We started off near the museum and waked to a lane called SSR. We followed this path to join the mosque raid that led ads us to the Hacienda Lodge entrance. On its left, there is a sign that shows the direction to Lion Mountain. We started the steep climb at a slow pace as it’s quite tiring. We reached the first plateaux after nearly 3 kms. From there we climbed gradually over a less steep slope to reach the Ricky part, where we had to climb over rocks till we reached the summit. This is the trickiest part and extreme focus and attention is needed. Once we were on the top we could admire the south east coast, namely Mahebourg, Ile Aux Aigrettes, Pointe Desny. On the other side, we could enjoy the panoramic views over the Bambous Mountain Range, Le Chat et La Souris being one of them. On the Southern from the summit, one could contemplate the mesmerizing beauty of Ferney. The descent was along a path just a few mètres from the summit on the left. It was a technical descent as it was steep and slippery until we reach the Bois Des Amourettes Jetty and Providen village. A total hike of 8kms but it demands to be in good physical condition and mental strength. This hike is best with a guide as it can be tricky at some points and they could lead us to nowhere…..
Written October 3, 2022
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,292 contributions
We were paying a trip to the south when we went to this museum. Just before, we saw the spot where the first sailors landed in 1638 and afterwards we headed to the coastal fort guarded by cannons. To reach the museum we headed on the coastal road to the direction of Mahebourg with Lion Mountain in the background; we came to Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlement in Mauritius.

Here are the remains of the original Dutch fort and dwellings. In the late 90s, Dutch archaeologists examined the area. They imagined what the first Dutch seamen encountered when they first landed here and this led to new finds including Dodo bones.

The Frederik Hendrik Museum opened on May 1999. It’s a small museum and many people probably pass it oblivious as to its presence. The museum displays many objects found during excavation work on the site several years earlier.

We were the only visitors there on the day of our visit. We walked around the grounds of the fort first, up to the coast imagining the arrival of the first Dutch ships encountering the strange bird, we now know as the dodo. We looked at the foundations of the first buildings in the island. There are information boards explaining the history and importance of the area and the archaeological finds. After that we went into the museum and looked at some of the artefacts found.

The museum also contains some natural history, drawings including sketches of the Dodo from Dutch sailors who encountered them in 1601 and it gives you an idea that this is an island with a recent history but also respecting its heritage.
Written May 23, 2010
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Sissii
Mauritius41 contributions
It's a museum built on a historical site. It's nice but would have been better if a guide was available to explain the different aspects of the place and its history....
This place is worth a stop for those very curious about the history of Mauritius.....else, not of great interest.....
Written February 6, 2012
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Koukat
Melbourne, Australia755 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
This museum and historical site is on Royal Rd in Vieux Grand Port. You can't miss it as its on the main road through town.

The museum is free to enter and consists of ruins from the dutch and french settlements out in the open air and a small museum that comprises a good summary of the history of the settlements & touches other related material (including dodos). The museum display is very modern and well displayed.

The excavations on site have not been completed, there is much more to do there. Most of the ruins are from the time of the french settlements but there is one part of a wall that has been dated from the dutch original settlement.

The toilets at the back of the museum were clean and modern.

We spent about 45 minutes here in total.

A bit further along Royal Rd (further south from the town), look out for the monument to the dutch landing, by a bridge with a lookout point.
Written January 22, 2017
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matelotUK
United Kingdom6 contributions
Nov 2013 • Solo
If you are into the history of Mauritius this museum is of great interest but as someone said before a guide would be useful to explain the history of the site. Also to the south of the museum, not to far, is the Monument to the Dutch to where they first landed on the island. As you are in the area visit the Naval Museum in Maheborg. It all about the Battle of Grand Port in August 1810 between the French and English.
Written October 7, 2014
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Shavy
Roeselare, Belgium7,366 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Free admission: You can access the Frederik Hendrik Fort where you have views over the bay and the retaining wall. There is nothing much left but surprises me about the Netherlanders who first discovered the island before the French people — such an interesting history.
Then, before leaving, take a look inside the museum. You'll find artifacts exhibition.
Written May 25, 2019
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tezpil
Portsmouth, UK4,650 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
The Frederik Hendrik Museum is a small free museum that is well maintained and gives you a glimpse into the history of Mauritius. So if you want to know a bit about Mauritius but not be overwhelmed with info then this is ideal. Afterwards stroll round the garden and view the ruins all in your own time. The ruins have flat paths for disabled access but no other facilities.
Written January 18, 2017
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MikeJ32
London, UK146 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Small and well presented museum on the site of the Dutch (then French) settlement. Well kept, it is informative and plots the history of the Dutch stay on Mauritius. There are plans to show where buildings stood and what remains. There are some ruins and a well kept garden overlooking the bay. Worth a stop instead of driving by. 15 minute bus ride from Mahebourg (Flacq bus, stop right at the museum entrance). We noted it is closed on Wednesdays.
Written May 26, 2016
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,064 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
The site has some early Mauritian buildings of the site of early Dutch settlers, also has a small (free) museum and small car park. The museum also includes a wonderful collection of sea shells as well as good info on the early settlements.
Written May 10, 2018
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Adventurer1010
London, UK16 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Small but well laid out and informative museum. The staff were friendly and accommodating, finding a chair for an old lady to sit whilst the rest of us explored the gardens. Informative about the history of the colonisation of the island.
Written September 1, 2017
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