St. Maarten Museum
St. Maarten Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This small museum, in a converted 1800s house, covers the culture and history of the island.
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  • Praetorian82
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but decent museum. A must to learn about the broad history of the island.
    This is a self guided tour museum. It covers from pre-history original inhabitants up to the 20th century. If you want to learn about the islands history you should stop here. It is free and accepts donations too. Make sure to stop by and support them!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Spendtimetogether1
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    Ventured off the cruise ship, with low expectations of such a heavily tourist dependent stop. We were one of three ships, so we didn't hold out much hope. We found this by accident, as it doesn't appear to feature on any tourist map. Tucked away at 7 Frontstreet, this unassuming building had the most interesting and enthusiastically curated collection of artefacts and information upstairs. Absolutely stuffed to the gunnels with an eclectic range of items, arranged in a number of glass cases, but also just displayed without any protection. From true archaeological finds,the history of the island, displays of shells and flora, a colourful history of the arawak people to a collection of old typewriters! There was no charge but a donation box and a visitors book, which the lovely lady manning the desk, was very keen for us to sign. The "gift shop" consisted of a few postcards and other much more genuine souvenirs if you felt inclined, but absolutely no pressure. Very refreshing!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Leigh O
    Columbus, Ohio6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rude Staff, Ok Museum
    I really hate to write a less than glowing review about a small museum that is trying to share the history of a lovely place like St. Maarten/St. Martin but the rudeness of the staff here makes it hard. The museum is small and free, but they have a collection box as you exit that you can place donations in. My mom and I really appreciated the fact that the museum existed, and wanted to support them but neither of us had any bills (cash tips are BIG here and we had been on island for almost a week). What I did have was about $4 of quarters, along with a few other coins. I dug a handful out and placed it in the donation box. As I was digging around for the rest, the docent, who was in the middle of a conversation with someone else on the other side of the room, walked over and started yelling at us about how they didn't want our "useless" coins (apparently they couldn't take them to the bank?) and demanded dollars instead. I tried to explain to her that I appreciated the museum but literally did not have any cash side from the coins. She opened the donation box, gave a disgusted look at the coins and then told us to give dollars and sign the guestbook. No worries at all if you can't use coins, but there are much better ways to let people know if coins are an issue...
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
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traveltweeter
Punta Gorda, FL51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
As a local historian myself I try to visit local history museums in my travels. This one was exceptional with lots of local information. Especially liked display boards about hurricanes and salt industry. Very nice staff person at the desk.
Written 13 January 2023
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Tony and Joy W
Bridgwater, UK1,062 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This lovely little museum is situated in a side street and there was no charge to enter and have a look around. Donations are very welcome though. Very friendly staff and well worth a visit. The museum itself is situated on the first floor and has a good general history of the island and some interesting exhibits to look at. Doesn't take long to look around so well worth a quick visit.
Written 19 December 2022
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Praetorian82
Indianapolis, IN3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is a self guided tour museum. It covers from pre-history original inhabitants up to the 20th century. If you want to learn about the islands history you should stop here. It is free and accepts donations too. Make sure to stop by and support them!
Written 26 November 2023
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Cynthia E
Minneapolis, MN54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
We wondered in as we were shopping and checking out the boardwalk, Front Street and nearby areas. Easy to miss little place, tucked away in a shady spot. Very welcoming people at the desk. Lots of artifacts and history about the island and its people, culture, language. It’s a free, self-guided tour. Reminded me of snooping through my grandparents attic full of antiques. It will take maybe 20 minutes, more if you are a history buff, but worth a stop.
Written 8 January 2023
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Ro2021
St Martin / St Maarten25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'll start with the truth - I am a winter volunteer at the museum. But I want to let all know just how good the museum is. First of all it is free - donations accepted - and it is the only full museum on the whole island. There are lots of interesting memorabilia of old St Maarten and for tourists it gives an additional level to your enjoyment of the island. It goes hand and hand with the Heritage Foundation and is also very involved with trying to save our ecology and old buildings, a very difficult process.

It is not the easiest to find as proper signage is not allowed but if you go to the south eastern part of Front Street (nearest the cruise ships) it is down the first alleyway, and if you look up you can see the sign.

I highly recommend it as part of a day in town. Almost everybody that
stops by says it is well worth the time.
Written 23 May 2007
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RayandDolores W
San Antonio, FL13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
The Dutch side of this island is very pretty and for the women, the shopping is wonderful. There are all kinds of jewelry shops, watches, linen goods, etc. There are about 5 city blocks full of stores and to get there from a boat terminal, be sure to take the water taxi versus a cab to town. It's cheaper and it drops you off in the middle of town versus at the end of town with a cab. The liquor prices are terrific also, 1 in particular is Ray's jewelry..........Grey Goose vodka......$20.00 a liter...........Enjoy..............
Written 1 March 2014
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Michael B
Denver, CO19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
This is a free museum on Front Street that is worth a visit. It provides a fairly complete view of island history with exhibits, models and dioramas. There is a rich collection of artifacts going back to prehistoric times and exhibits range from coin collections to household implements to nautical charts and ship models. Air conditioning is the one missing feature here that unfortunately will expedite your trip through St. Maarten history.
Written 3 September 2013
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buffybotns
nova scotia77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Being a museum curator I am always interested in visiting other museums. This little gem is wonderfully set up for the small budget they have. I was very impressed with the number of artifacts and the story they told. Well worth a visit when on this amazing island.
Written 7 December 2012
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jmb201130
Flemington, NJ22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
This museum is tucked away on a side street off of Front Street at the eastern end of this thoroughfare. (It is not at Wathey Square.) It took many inquiries and several wrong directions to reach it. If you find the Guavaberry store, you're very close - opposite side of the street. It's worthwhile to see once though I cannot imagine a return trip. It had several interesting pieces of Arawak or similar era pottery and tools and interesting information about the slave trade and early days of European settlement. It also has a lot of items that are of questionable value though their inclusion in and of itself is entertaining. The volunteer staff is very pleasant knowledgeable. I had seen a write-up about the island's discovery by Europeans in the mid 1600s and the apparent lack of any native peoples. The director explained that the Arawak likely visited but did not stay because of the lack of fresh water. I appreciate the time she took answering several of my questions and the obvious commitment she and the other staff have.
Written 7 November 2012
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Marie Louise C
Waterlooville, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
Spent a good hour in here while in Philipsburg plenty to see and read about the islands a good collection of very old artifacts to see.
Written 6 June 2014
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