Temple of Sugar


Once lusted after as much as gold, as much sought after as Indian spices, as sweet on the palate as silk is round a woman’s neck, sugar has enjoyed an extraordinary existence, leaving a profound impression on the history and identity of Mauritius. 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 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.


The Museum is near the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens and is open seven days a week including public holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Duration of the visit (estimated): 1h30 minimum; full and detailed visit: 3h.

The visit 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.

Guided tours with no extra charge are scheduled

- From monday to thursday at 10.30am and 2.30pm

- On friday at 2.30pm

Not available on public holidays

for a maximum group of 10 pax

Last visit recommended: 4pm. ticket office closes at 4.15pm

Exceptional closure days: 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December, 1st and 2nd January.

Handicap logo Nearly all sections of the site are accessible to wheelchair users.

Admission prices

Adults: Rs 425
Children (6 to 13): Rs 200
Students (13 to 26): Rs 200 (student ID required)
Member price (for Mauritians and residents only upon presentation of ID card)
Adults: Rs 225
Children (6 to 13): Rs 100
Students (13 to 26): Rs 100 (student ID required)
Seniors (60+): Rs 100 (National ID card required)
Special rates
Special rates are available for local organisations such as schools, associations and companies. Please contact us for details.

The entry rate at the museum is the public rate. However, the member rate applicable for Mauritians and residents, is the result of a special effort from our company to make the culture accessible to all local people and to encourage them to visiting this educational site.