Stella Matutina Museum, in an old sugar factory of the same name, opened in 1991.The revamped museum takes visitors on a journey exploring the intertwined history of sugar and the Bourbon (now Reunion) Island, highlighting the various cultural and economic features specific to this island in the Indian Ocean.
For 20 years, it was a place where the public could come to learn about the industrial techniques used in sugar cane production, as well as glean information about the history of Reunion Island and its people.
In 2011, the Reunion region embarked on a project to completely renovate the museum and its site, as part of a new scientific and cultural programme. Stella Matutina bears the “Musée de France” accreditation.
In the 19th century, Reunion abandoned coffee growing in favour of sugar cane production. The men and women who enabled this agro-industry to exist, grow and innovate are recreated in the museum's displays, a reflection of Réunion's society and identity.
The Museum also highlights the role of industry on the island, describing how sugar-making techniques have developed over nearly 200 years, and illustrating manufacturing processes using the impressive machinery in the factory.
The tour ends with a nostalgic wander back through time, looking at the "Chinese boutique" and the island’s open air buses.
The new Stella Matutina, where everyone can explore as they please and at their own pace, will amaze and delight, educate and inspire.
-4D film screenings cost €2 upon presentation of a valid museum entry ticket. Otherwise, a ticket for the 4D cinema on its own costs €4.
-You should allow approximately 1½ hours for your tour. Full, comprehensive tour: 3 hours.
-Free guided tours (lasting 2 hours, for between 6 and 20 people maximum) on Mondays at 2pm, and from Tuesday to Saturday at 10am and 2pm. No guided tours on Sundays and public holidays.
-The entire site is suitable for people with reduced mobility.
-Ticket office closes at 4:45 pm.
-Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 1 November and 25 December.
-Museum open on Mondays from 1pm to 5.30pm and from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 5.30pm (all day).
-A new generation 400 seat auditorium
-A 4D cinema with a 12 minute animated film screened every day
Teaching and learning spaces
-A shop full of exotic flavours and aromas selling an extensive range of local produce and handicrafts
A temporary exhibition hall
- Spoken languages
- Mobility impaired
- Boutique / specialised products
- Payment methods
- All year