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Timetable (with all proper reserves ):

  • 1st Feb.-30 Apr. and 1st October - 15 December : from 1.30 pm to 6 pm, closed on Tuesday
  • 2 May-31 August : from 10 am to 6.30 pm, every day
  • 1st - 30 September: from 10 am 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 15 charged admissions)
  • Free for people under 26 (EU) Audio guide included (extra charge for free entrance : 2 €)

For further information please call +33 2 97 82 56 72 and for guided tours please call +33 2 97 82 15 07 

A unique museum of art and history in an exceptional setting

Since 1984, the musée de la Compagnie des Indes (French East India Company’s museum) has been housed in one of the buildings of the 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 des Indes 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, old maps, 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.

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