Marie-Galante Ecomuseum has been created in 1976, thanks to the association called “Inventory, traditions and popular arts”. During this year, the association organised an event in the island to collect simple and art items of everyday life. This is how Marie-Galante Ecomuseum has become an historical place, helping visitors to understand Marie-Galante Island‘s history. Today, the Ecomuseum is entirely managed by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe Archipelago. Marie-Galante Ecomuseum is an Arts and Traditions gallery featuring Marie-Galante Island sugar cane history during the colonial period. Through pre-industrial technological materials, archives and recorded testimonies from multiple inhabitants in different industries, the Ecomuseum gathers crucial information. The documentation area is quite significant covering 3 centuries and highlighting the cultural and historical heritage of Marie-Galante Island.
Located in Grand-Bourg Township, Marie-Galante Ecomuseum is part of Habitation Murat. The Habitation is considered as the best well maintained Sugar Plantation in Marie-Galante Island. Originally, the plantation was specialised in Coffee production but in the 19th century, the family Murat bought it . Since then, Habitation Murat is fully dedicated to Sugar Cane.
When visiting Plantation Murat you will be able to see the Master’s house, the stables, the former factory as well as the windmill. As mentioned earlier, the Regional Council of Guadeloupe Archipelago is in charge of the Habitation since 1979. The plantation is fully restored and protected. It has been listed historical monument in 1990.
Outside the Ecomuseum, there is an interesting medicinal garden with a wide range of healing plants. There are plants recommended for digestion, to increase energy but also plants for baths and all kind of pains. From the garden you will have a stunning view of the lagoon and Dominica Island.
Marie-Galante Ecomuseum is a place not to be missed when visiting Marie-Galante Island. Especially because Sugar Cane is an integral part of Marie-Galante Island landscape and history. Don’t forget to request a tour guide if needed, it is always much more interesting to get some help when discovering historical places.