Situated within the vicinity of the commercial centre in Port Louis, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre for Culture is a old wooden which was acquired by the Government of Mauritius back in 1986 and it holds its significance for the fact that this is a place where Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam spent almost 30 years of his life, approximately between 1935 to 1965. It was inaugurated in the year 1987 on his birthday that is 18th September by the then Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth in the presence of the Governor General Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo, the Minister of Education Arts and Culture Armoogum Parsuramen and Dr Navinchadra Ramgoolam.
The SSR Memorial Centre for Culture is dedicated in the loving memory of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam for his significant role as the architect of Mauritius’ independence and to commemorate his position in the country as the Father of the Nation. The 150-year-old centre is rich in its symbolism and history and the living manifestation of the historical and architectural heritage of Mauritius. It was also the residence of the founder of the Mauritius Labour Party Dr Maurice Cure, right from his birth in 1886 until 1916. In 1986, it was declared as a National Monument, and as the present day, it is listed as one of the National Heritage of Mauritius.
About the Centre
Since 2000, the Mauritius Museum Council has been supervising the SSR Memorial Centre for Culture and has listed it as one of the specialised museums. Inside the centre, there is a total of 7 rooms displaying the miscellaneous articles and other belongings of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam including his clothes, furniture, certificates and medical equipment.
The main attraction of the centre is the photographic exhibition showcasing the essential highlights of his life as a great personality for the nation.
In the front courtyard, there is a bronze statue of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam which was made by the Russian sculptor and artist Alekandrov Moskow back in 1987.
In this first room, you can see two wooden sofas, a chair, an office table, a sculpture made out of plaster along with books, photographs and press articles written on Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam in French, English and Hindi.
The second room mainly has panels that briefly retrace his biography and display some of his famous quotes. Another purpose of this room is as an audiovisual room where documentaries based on the life of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam are projected on a regular basis to the visitors.
The third room is predominantly occupied by all the personal belongings of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam including his bed, dining table, clothes, shoes, cupboards and numerous gifts that he received from different countries. You can also find photographs depicting his international relationships and contracts with other world leaders.
There is also which was used by Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam as a medicine cabinet, and now it is used for the exhibition of his medical types of equipment and certificates.
You can find further information about the life of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam on the database in the centre.