New art gallery and old-fashioned tea break at Château de Labourdonnais

The Château de Labourdonnais, a remarkable museum relating Mauritian yesteryear life in colonial houses (also known as maisons creoles), is hosting since a couple of months, a new art gallery featuring creole art, particularly art works from well-known artist Vaco Baissac. Another new feature: the Château now offers an old-fashioned tea break after the museum visit.

A new creole art gallery

Galerie d'art Chateau de Labourdonnais


The first floor of the Château de Labourdonnais has been redesigned and modernized its exhibition area to host the artworks of Mauritian painter Vaco Baissac. Pictorial and colourful, Baissac’s artworks are evocative of typical Mauritian sceneries. The Mauritian woman, tropical fruits, different species of fauna and flora, lush vegetation and turquoise lagoon are some of the various themes often found in the paintings of Vaco Baissac.

His works carefully handpicked by Georges Antoine, add to a collection of Haitian paintings from painters including Sémérand, Dubic, Carrier. The common thread of these artists? The representation through creole art, of scenes of local life evocative of their respective country. It noteworthy that the featured artworks are also on sale.

Antoinette’s tea party, or an old-fashioned tea break

chateau de labourdonnais ile maurice

Another new featured proposed by the Château de Labourdonnais is what is called “Antoinette’s tea party”. To better experience this yesteryear life, the Château invites you for a tea break after the museum visit. Take some time to appreciate the view from the upper terrace of the Château which overlooks the gorgeous garden and orchard designed by Christian Wiehe in the 18th century. Immerse yourself in the Mauritian art of living and relive those long afternoons where one could breathe in fresh air in a rattan chair surrounded by lush vegetation and exotic fragrances, rocked by bird songs.

This break stands as a recall of the tea party that Mrs. Antoinette Wiehe prepared and brought together her grandchildren for a tea break accompanied by home-made cakes. A unifying and convivial moment allowing tea and infusions lovers to take their time and experience good times.

*Antoinette’s tea party is available every day from 14h00 to 16h00. Accessible to people visiting the Château for the price of Rs. 125 per person.