A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
The setting for this gem of a museum is an old factory, itself evoking bygone days and a symbol of all that sugar represents. 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 TEMPLE TO SUGAR
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. A sugarcane hedge runs alongside the final pathway and to the restored and converted factory. 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. What awaits you is a superb and interactive tour, helping you to learn more about the island’s history and cultures.
Sugarcane has some exceptional characteristics, particularly in its fixation of carbon dioxide and contribution to a clean environment, thus participating in an important way in the preservation of the environment. Environmental issues thus naturally form part of L’Aventure du Sucre’s concerns and why it regularly holds exhibitions on topics related to the environment.
SPECIAL CHILDREN’S TOUR BOOKLET
At the museum entrance,a booklet is available for children between 7 and 12, which includes games and puzzles to help them enjoy finding out more about the history of Mauritius and its famous sugarcane. Children are accompanied on their visits by Raj the Martin, one of the country’s more common birds, and Florise the Mongoose, both of whom help to protect sugarcane crops. There two eco-freaks go round the museum with youngsters, asking them questions and posing riddles.