World of Seashells
Unique in Mauritius, World of Seashells presents 8,000 pieces from the collection of Mr. Le Court de Billot. This passionate Mauritian conchophile has collected seashells from around the world with concern of ecosystems and species. The collection began before him with his parents. They entrusted it to him as they also passed on their passion for shells.
During your visit, you will discover all the secrets of the shells: their morphology, their living mechanism, their defense system, the beautiful, perfect patterns and dreamy colours. You will also learn how men have used shells throughout the world over the course of centuries.
The themes in this exhibition
Myths and Legends
Be transported by stories and myths across America to Asia via Africa - all on one subject: the origin of life connected to the symbol of the shell.
The Shell Theorem
Seashells have shapes that unveil the poetry of mathematics and the great art of Nature. The 3D animations onsite will reveal the secrets behind these perfect shapes.
Interactive and Educative displays
The mini-laboratory offers fun activities to discover the mollusc world, listen to the sea from a shell or to observe shell dust under a magnifying glass.
The gallery has a boutique corner where souvenirs, jewelry and decorative items are available for purchase. The products are inspired by seashells. They mostly come from artisans and small and medium
Island businesses. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase accessories in order to make their own necklaces or bracelets.