Musee des Musiques et Instruments de L’ocean Indien
The Musee des Musiques et Instruments de L'ocean Indien, or the Museum of Music and Instruments of the Indian Ocean, is a significant cultural institution known for its extensive collection of over 1500 musical instruments. This museum of African Modern Art provides visitors with an immersive auditory, visual, and interactive journey through themed areas that represent different regions, including Africa, India, China, and Madagascar.
As part of the exploration, visitors are exposed to a variety of instruments, ranging from the common to the rare, and are given the opportunity to experience and appreciate the distinct sounds unique to the cultures present in the Indian Ocean. The museum cleverly showcases Reunionese culture, enabling visitors to connect with the rich diversity of the Indian Ocean region through the language of music.
In addition to the display of instruments, the museum provides multimedia experiences and soundscapes. Visitors are offered free audioguides, which not only provide information about the exhibits but also play the sounds of the instruments on display. This integration of sound with the visual display enhances the overall visitor experience, creating a multisensory immersion into the world of music. Touch video kiosks are also available, allowing visitors to hear and see music, songs, and dances from the Indian Ocean region.
The Musee des Musiques et Instruments de L'ocean Indien is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday, with group visits allowed by reservation only from Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The museum is closed every Monday.
Admission fees are as follows: full price is €7, while a reduced rate of €5 is available for groups of 6 or more paying individuals, individuals under 18, students, job seekers, RSA beneficiaries, and disabled visitors. A twin ticket option is available for €9, which includes admission to Maison Morange and Maison Folio. Admission is free for children under 8 years old, while students and school guides can enter for a reduced rate of €2. Proof of eligibility is required for reduced rates.
This museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in music, culture, and the unique sounds of the Indian Ocean region. It offers a rare opportunity to learn about and experience the rich musical heritage of this diverse and vibrant region.
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