Blue Penny Museum
The Blue Penny Museum a museum dedicated to history and art of Mauritius, is situated at Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. It opened in November 2001.
The museum collection includes the 1847 Blue Penny and Red Penny stamps. The stamps were bought in 1993 for $2,000,000 by a consortium of Mauritian enterprises headed by The Mauritius Commercial Bank and brought back to Mauritius after almost 150 years. For conservation, the originals are illuminated only temporarily. Most of the time only copies are to be seen.
The museum, founded by The Mauritius Commercial Bank, also houses the original statue of Paul and Virginia, created in 1881 by Prosper d'Épinay
The Blue Penny Museum is an art and history museum that is wholly devoted to Mauritius.
The Blue Penny Museum of African Modern Art is one of those rare places providing visitors with a captivating glimpse of the art and history of Mauritius. It is therefore a must-stop for anyone who is curious about discovering the country in depth.
No photography is allowed inside the museum of African Modern Art.
The Post Office stamps are only visible for 10 minutes on the half-hour of every opening hour. The aim is to protect these philatelic gems from the ageing and destroying effects of sunrays.
Food and drinks are not permitted inside the museum of African Modern Art.