The Museum is located in the North of the island near Pamplemousses village. It lies within the beautiful Beau Plan Sugar Estate, located close to the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. Pamplemousses is one of the oldest villages in the island, where Governor La Bourdonnais built his mansion and where Pierre Poivre began the Gardens, close to the beautiful church where Bernardin de Saint-Pierre chose to lay to rest Paul and Virginie. The village is a good place for a stroll, with scenes of a tranquil way of everyday life tucked away around many a corner.
A sugarcane hedge runs alongside the final pathway and to the restored and converted factory. The approach is impressive, along an avenue of bougainvillea and coconut palms, with a lake bordered by lush greenery, leading to the massive sugar factory, nowadays one of the most spectacular tourist sites on the island.
The setting for this gem of a museum is an old factory, itself evoking bygone days and a symbol of all that sugar represents. The visit has yet to begin but already sounds of the jungle and ocean waves draws you to a mysterious entrance, through which you emerge into the vast factory, its old machines decked with a thousand lights. There are giant screens, films, a barge floating and the sudden whistle of a railway engine.
Travelling through the museum, visitors learn about the deeply intertwined history of sugar and Mauritius, how it has all led to the harmonious, smiling and multicultural society it is today.
The visit also includes a free tasting of more than 30 products at ‘le Village Boutik’ including 12 unrefined brown sugars, rums of the New Grove House, jams and honey.
What awaits you is a superb and interactive tour, helping you to learn more about the island’s history and cultures.
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