The Photographic Museum

The Photographic Museum, Port Louis: Hours, Address, The Photographic Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Photographic Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Photographic Museum was created by Marie-Noëlle and Tristan Bréville since 1966. By doing such an amazing job, the Museum goes beyond the conservation and preservation mission. It creates and saves the memory of a nation! Mauritius greatly needed a place to preserve its memory and the Bréville couple made this a reality. International press even described the Museum as "one of the biggest preservation work of the 20th century." Located in an 18th century building, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the creators of the Museum. Our Mission • The Photographic research. • Preservation and Conservation. • Insure the photographic legacy. • Promote Mauritian photography. • Develop a passion for photography. • Safeguarding an exceptional heritage. The Content • More than one thousand cameras. • The first photographic lens which equipped one of the first ever made photographic camera and bought by a Mauritian in Paris in 1839. • The fabulous collection of Mauritian "daguerreotypes" • One of the biggest photographic collection in the world: nearing a million documents! • The largest collection of mauritian post cards in the world, Photo: Jean-Jacques Fabien vintage films on Mauritius, tintypes and autochromes
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Cabinet Dentaire Dr. A fatadin
Mauritius29 contributions
History of port louis
Oct. 2019
Nice place to visit !
Have a bottle of water along with you
You can go along with family to visit the vicinity too
Written 17 August 2020
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Indian Ocean Tour Operator
Mauritius80 contributions
Amazing Museum
Jul. 2019
This small but engaging museum, down a cobbled lane opposite the Municipal Theatre, is the labour of love of local photographer Tristan Bréville. He's amassed a treasure trove of old cameras and prints, including several daguerreotypes (the forerunner of photographs) produced in Mauritius in 1840, just a few months after the technique was discovered in France. The museum also contains a vast archive of historical photos of the island, although only a fraction are on display.
Written 10 October 2019
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Alhibshi A
Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia88 contributions
Did not expect to see this much history!
Jul. 2019 • Family
I am a photography lover so visiting this place was a must for me. The museum was founded in 1966 and is ran by the owner and his son and daughter. For the first time, I knew that Mauritius is the first country in the southern hemisphere to use photography in 1840. The museum holds treasures of photo and camera collection that goes back to the 18th century. Truly amazing.
Written 8 July 2019
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Sushi J
Mumbai, India45 contributions
Amazing collection
May 2019 • Family
This museum is a hidden gem in the heart of Port Louis. You'll take time to find it as it's tough to locate it through GPRS but when you find it you'll be glad you did. The owner started collecting cameras and other important photographs since the age of 11. We had the pleasure of meeting him when we visited the museum and he was very kind and shared a lot of his stories with us. The museum is one of it's kind and a must visit for those who are interested in photography. Thank you Monsieur Tristan Bréville for creating a magical world.
Written 1 June 2019
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Dear Sushi J Thank you for your amazing review on our museum... Glad to see that you enjoyed your visit. :) Regards
Written 2 June 2019
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HStreet
Oxford, UK78 contributions
Hidden gem that is well worth the visit
Oct. 2018 • Couples
Even though we have been to Mauritius 10 times we had not heard of this little gem of a museum. We had taken a walking tour of Port Louis and this was part of the tour. Now I am the photographer and my partner was not that excited to be going. However the enthusiasm and knowledge of Mr & Mrs Breville was infectious and he had to be dragged from the museum.
I would definitely recommend anyone who has even a small interest in photography to make time to visit. You’ll see some amazing pictures and expect to see a camera you or your parents may have had in the past, I saw at least 3 my parents had owned! Also the really reasonably entrance price is also a good reason (300 rupees approx GBP6)
Will definitely be back even if only for my partner to talk trees with Mr Breville!
Written 26 October 2018
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kiltmaker2
Evanston, IL14,812 contributions
Hidden Treasure
Jun. 2018
This museum is located in a hidden area within the city center of Port Louis. Close to majoer attraction within the historical district.
Written 28 September 2018
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zorzeNo
Curepipe101 contributions
This is a must go to visit...
Feb. 2018 • Friends
It is across the street from the Port Louis Theater in a small alley.Try to phone beforehand to get a guided tour.The director is an living encyclopedia, he knows so much that it is a pleasure tu just listen ti him...
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Written 16 July 2018
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Jacksonsinbrighton
Brighton, UK422 contributions
Closed first week in January!
Jan. 2018 • Couples
We wasn’t happy when the Natural history museum was closed and the this was closed too! There is some really nice building surrounding it well worth seeing and the park.
Written 3 January 2018
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K P
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
fascinating collection of photography
Mar. 2017 • Family
wonderful small photography museum. private family run. impressive collection of equipment and photographs. would really recommend to anyone even with a passing interest in photography
Written 1 April 2017
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Thank you for your review and encouragement...
Written 3 April 2017
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cngj
Chelmsford, UK681 contributions
Lots to see
Sep. 2016 • Couples
After walking round in circles for a bit we finally worked out where it was, luckily just as it was starting to rain. The museum contains a ridiculous amount of stuff for its size, lots and lots of cameras and plenty of photos too. The Daguerreotypes and tintypes were very interesting especially as we have a couple ourselves of family members. The staff were very friendly and were keen to chat.
Written 21 February 2017
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thank you for your review and happy to see to that you enjoyed the museum.
Written 16 March 2017
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The Photographic Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm