Fort Christian

Photo Credit: © Connie Ma CC BY

Once the center of the community, Fort Christian has had many roles since its completion in 1680. Over the course of its history it has been the governor's residence, a church, a jail, a town hall, a and a court. Today it stands as all of these in the form a museum. As you pass under the large clock tower reflect on what governors, soldiers, and other people have passed through too over its three century life.

What to Expect

The museum aspect of the fort will take you on a tour through time as you see relics from eras in the Virgin Islands' history.

It is hard to miss this grand building. Despite its growing age, the building stands out in its red brick body, lined with white borders. In the center of the front wall stands the entrance, a large green door, above which the clock tower climbs up from.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying in downtown Charlotte Amalie if you plan on visiting Fort Christian, as those visiting this part of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. Though the region isn't home to tremendous numbers of tourists, you'll still find a fair number of lodgings to pick from.

Hotels near Fort Christian
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast B & B 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) NNW
Windward Passage Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) N
Hotel 1829 Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) N
At Home in the Tropics Bed & Breakfast B & B 0.1 mi. (1.4 km) NNE
Bunker Hill Hotel B & B 0.2 mi. (0.4 km) NNW
The Inn at Blackbeard's Castle Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.4 km) N
The Crystal Palace B & B 0.2 mi. (0.6 km) NW

Location and What's Nearby

Those who choose to visit Fort Christian will have access to a choice of island activities like playing a few holes of golf and enjoying water sports without having to look very hard. Historic site guests also hoping to play a round or two of golf will be pleased to learn of the closest golf course to the museum, Mahogany Run Public Golf Course. Lazy moments can also be spent at Morning Star Beach, the closest beach. Additionally, your group will likely discover a few more golf and beach options in the neighborhood. Historic site visitors will discover plenty of indoor places to visit in this general area. You'll find a pair of additional places of interest nearby -Emanicipation Garden and Liberty Bell- each of them found within just a couple miles of the historic site.


Operating Hours

The fort is open to the public from 8:30am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday.


There is no cost to explore the building, however donations for the upkeep are appreciated.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (340) 776-4566

Location: Fort Pladsen Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas


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