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Useful information

Timetable (with all proper reserves):

  • 1st Feb.-30 Apr. : from 1.30 pm to 6 pm, closed on Tuesday
  • 2 May-31 August : from 10 am to 6.30 pm, every day
  • 1st September-15 December : from 1.30 pm to 6 pm, closed on Tuesday
  • Annual closure 1st of May and from 16 December to 31 January included

Tickets give access to the citadel, the national Navy museum and the French East India Company museum. Rates (with all proper reserves):

  • Full price tickets : 8 €
  • Reduced price tickets : 6,30 €
  • Group rate : 6,30 € (available from 20 charged admissions)
  • Free for people under 26 (EU)

Parking available next to the citadel. Disabled people facilities.

For further information

about rates: please call +33 297 825 672

about French East India Company museum: please call +33 297 821 913

Guided tours, please call +33 297 022 329

A unique museum of art and history in an exceptional setting

What to see in the museum
What to see in the museum

A unique museum of art and history in an exceptional setting

Since 1984, the musée de la Compagnie des Indes (East India Company's museum) has been housed in one of the buildings oft he Citadel of Port-Louis, which is a marvel of the XVIIth century military architecture that was initiated by the Spanish and completed by architect Jacques Corbineau.

The musée de la Compagnie desIndes is the one and only museum in France to deal with this theme. It brings back to visitors the exceptional story of great trading companies during the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.

Vessel models, engravings, oldmaps, indoeuropean furniture, China porcelains, Indian cottons : all these artefacts are the testimony of this amazing maritime epic. The quest for precious goods led the Company's crews and employees to African, Oriental and American coasts after some long and perilous voyages. The names of the trading posts that had been built still are the echoes of this adventurous past : Ouiddah, Pondicherry, Chandernagore, Pegu, Guangzhou.

As you walk the museum rooms

From Lorient to Guangzhou, the display evokes the shippings of the East India Company ships. Furthermore, the display allows us to admire the precious goods that appealed to the Europeans so much, all this in the atmosphere of the African and Asian trading posts.

Livret des collections
Livret des collections (english)
Livret des collections
Livret des collections
Livret des collections (english)
Livret des collections (english)
  • Livret des collections. Un cheminement à travers l'histoire et les collections. Sous la direction de Brigitte Nicolas, 2013, 64 p., 10 €.
 

Description

Présentation du musée (plaquette bilingue en pdf)