French heritage abounds on Martinique, but visitors find that it is the history of the local people that truly shines. From the heart wrenching ruins of “Petite Pompei” to the numerous museums, there is not only a lot to see on Martinique, but there is a lot to learn.
Assuming you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To see detailed information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.
Depaz Distillery is a museum on the edge of Martinique. Set in the foothills of Mont Pelee, this rum distillery is known as the only one on the island built on a volcano.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Musee de la Banane. It is found in Sainte Marie, Martinique. A working banana plantation, guests are invited to learn even the most obscure facts about bananas. There are even displays of its depiction in art.
Centre de Decouverte des Sciences et de la Terre: Perfectly located at the foot of Mount Pelee, this museums focuses on the wondrous nature of the earth, especially how volcanoes work.
The following table provides you with some key facts regarding museums you might enjoy on Martinique.
|Centre de Decouverte des Sciences et de la Terre||(059) 652-8242||1.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central St. Pierre|
|Depaz Distillery||(059) 678-1314||0.4 mi. Northeast of Central St. Pierre|
|(059) 672-8187||Downtown Forte de France|
|(059) 668-3204||0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Trois Ilets|
|Musee Departemental de la Martinique||(059) 671-5705||Central Martinique|
|Musee Gauguin||(059) 678-2266||0.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Le Carbet|
|Musee de la Banane||(059) 676-2709||0.5 mi. South West of Central Sainte Marie|
|(059) 678-1516||0.2 mi. Southeast of Central St. Pierre|
|(059) 668-3306||0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Trois Ilets|
|(059) 671-5705||Downtown Forte de France|
|(059) 662-7914||1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Ste. Luce|
If you enjoy learning about the history of a foreign country, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites while on vacation on Martinique.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Schoelcher Library. It is located in downtown Forte de France. What makes this library so special is that it was built in 1889 and France, then shipped to the island piece by piece.
Many travelers also choose to visit La Savane des Esclaves. It is located within Trois Ilets, Martinique. Unfortunately, Martinique did not escape the horrors of slavery and it shaped the history of the island in a deep and profound way. You can learn all about it at this restored village which traces the path of slavery on Martinique.
Take a moment to look through the following table to read more about historical sites on the island.
|--||7.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Le Robert|
|--||7.9 mi. Northeast of Central Le Robert|
|--||Downtown Forte de France|
|--||Fort de France, Central Martinique|
|(059) 678-2834||0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Le Carbet|
|(059) 669-1012||1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Sainte Marie|
|La Savane des Esclaves||(059) 668-3391||0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Trois Ilets|
|(059) 670-9018||Downtown Forte de France|
|Schoelcher Library||(059) 670-2667||Downtown Forte de France|
|(059) 659-4239||Downtown Forte de France|
Visitors can enjoy some other worthwhile attractions on the island.
If you want to learn more about the distillery process, you might enjoy a visit to Habitation Clement. One of the island's favorite distillery, this property is also a popular tourist attraction. Here, you can learn about the cultivation of sugar cane and how rum is produced as well as explore the grounds and learn its history and heritage.
If you'd like to observe the distillery process, another landmark you could consider heading to is Trois Rivieres Historic Distillery. A beautiful distillery complete with a wind mill, this historic spot welcomes guests in to take a tour and learn about the process of rum making before offering a sample.
The following chart provides you with more details regarding other kinds of sites of interest to vacationers.
|Lighthouse||3.2 mi. South of Central Sainte-Anne|
|Monument||1.7 mi. South West of Central downtown Diamant|
|Monument||Downtown Forte de France|
|Habitation Clement||Distillery||1.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Le Francois|
|Scenic Trail||The vicinity of Forte de France, Central Martinique|
|Monument||0.7 mi. Northeast of Central St. Pierre|
|Trois Rivieres Historic Distillery||Distillery||2.4 mi. West of Central Ste. Luce|
Needless to say, you'll find other kinds attractions available. To read more about other attractions for Martinique, read this article.
Just north of Fort de France sits the ruins of a castle called Dubuc Castle. The property was once owned by the Dubuc de Rivery family, who also owned much of the surrounding peninsula. A semblance of the castle remains, but many vacationers visit the area for the view of the ocean.
On May 8, 1902, Mt. Pele erupted over Martinique, and in a matter of three minutes transformed the village of St-Pierre into the scene of wreckage and devastation. Only two people in the entire village are said to have survived – one of which did so because he had been jailed for the night for public drunkenness. His jail cell is a popular attraction in St-Pierre, as is that calcified statue of a woman screaming out in pain in front of the Theater of St-Pierre. You can visit all of the ruins, plus learn about the entire incident at the Volcanological Museum.
The site where thein Fort-de-France stands, five churches stood previously. Due to fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, not one of them lasted very long. Still, St-Louis Cathedral has made it for over 100 years, and hopes to stay standing for another 100 or more. The cathedral is known for its stained glass windows and roman-style architecture.
Whether you are drawn to the island's lighthouses, museums, or ruins, there is plenty to keep you occupied and entertained.
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