The Natural History Museum – Learn about the History

The Victoria Museum of Natural History in the Seychelles

Natural History Museum

The National History Museum of Seychelles is a small museum in Victoria, the capital city. The museum, which opened in 1964, is a colonial-style structure located next to the main post office. For its own reasons, this museum is one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. The museum provides an in-depth look at Seychelles’ comparatively brief history.

The building’s upper floor is a one-of-a-kind display of the Creole cultural past, complete with music, costume, and architecture. As a result, the museum’s collection is one-of-a-kind in terms of its historical value and cultural compilation.

The National Museum was completely rebuilt and fitted to the modern criteria of a cultural history museum between 2016 and 2018. Director of Museums Beryl Ondiek, speaking at the official reopening, said the history museum adds value to Victoria and should be a place for all Seychelles residents to enjoy.

The National Museum, which has been extensively renovated, is now one of Mahe’s top attractions, with new forms of digital displays and improved relic protection. The museum also includes new and expanded sections on political, economic, and Creole culture, as well as state gifts, national emblems, and major events in the nation-building process.

Interesting artifacts at the Seychelles National Museum

The museum is well-known for its one-of-a-kind collections. It displays items such as the Stone of Possession and the world’s smallest Queen Victoria statue. You can also discover nautical charts, model ships, cannons, and musical instruments. A Portuguese nautical atlas of the Indian Ocean from 1519 is one of the oldest displays. Yes, you read that correctly. Doesn’t that sound intriguing? Want to learn more? Continue reading…

Further exhibitions:

  • 16th-century shipwreck
  • exhibitions demonstrating traditional washing and ironing methods
  • Creole furniture
  • Tobacco-making methods, and much more.

Opening hours of the Seychelles National Museum

Monday from 9am – 12pm,
Tuesday to Friday from 9 am – 5 pm,
Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm,
Sundays and public holidays from 9 am – 2 pm