Fodor's Expert Review Musée Camélia Costumes et Traditions
This museum is a labor of love by its creators, and seeing the dress of black, white, and métisseé (mixed-race, or "maroon") societies is a fascinating way to visualize the island's tumultuous history and fascinating heritage. Items that you will remember: madras headdresses; baptism outfits; embroidered maternity dresses; colonial pith helmets and other various chapeaux, as well as the doll collection. Make sure to go out back and visit the replica of a Guadeloupean case circa 1920. A film now depicts life of yesteryear. The small museum is privately owned; the founder, Camelia Bausivoir, is a retired English teacher, and she can act as your guide. This represents a collection accrued over decades, and Bausivoir sewed many of the costumes. Call before you go for directions and to make sure that a school group is not there.