In 1998, after 177 years of raw sugar manufacturing, the Beau Plan Sugar Estate ceased its operations and the manufacturing unit building became transformed right into a famous museum, L’Aventure du Sucre, which tells the charming story of the sugar industry in Mauritius. Located in Pamplemousses, the vintage estate offers a palpable experience of place, and the museum does an first rate process of conveying how the complicated story of sugar is intertwined with the roots of the Mauritian human beings going back 4 centuries, all woven into the records of the island itself.
With an authentically re-created atmosphere, the exceptional degrees of sugar manufacturing are exhibited and explained, from the early cultivation of the canes and the role of slavery in growing this vital crop, to the introduction of the completed products and their eventual exportation to Western markets. Much of the original equipment – pipes, vats, vessels – is still on display, together with two locomotives and a huge wooden barge which become used to transport sugar from Mauritius to Madagascar. Before the appearance of tourism and fabric manufacturing in the 1960, sugar remained the predominant industry in Mauritius – and to at the moment is still an vital economic driver, even though multiplied mechanisation and consolidation of the generators has caused a ways fewer numbers being hired.