Landmarks on Martinique

Martinique is home to a number of landmarks, but the museums really stand out – if in sheer volume alone

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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.

Museums

Centre de Decouverte des Sciences et de la Terre

Assuming you enjoy learning about other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on Martinique. To obtain full details regarding each museum, click on the name.

Depaz Distillery is a museum just on the edge of Martinique. The history of the distillery is that the entire family living here died in the volcanic eruption of 1902 and Victor Depaz took over creating the popular brand that is known and loved on the island today. Guests are welcome to tour the property with and without a guide, which is especially fulfilling between February and June when the cane cutting machines are in operation.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Musee de la Banane. It is found within Sainte Marie, Martinique. They are open to guests daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Centre de Decouverte des Sciences et de la Terre: Between September and June the museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The chart directly below enables you to learn more information about some museums worth checking out on Martinique.

Museums On Martinique
Name Phone Location
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
Ethnography History Museum of Martinique (059) 672-8187 Downtown Forte de France
Maison de la Canne (059) 668-3204 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Trois Ilets
Musee Departemental de la Martinique (059) 671-5705 Central Martinique
Musee de la Banane (059) 676-2709 0.5 mi. South West of Central Sainte Marie
Musée Volcanologique et Historique (059) 678-1516 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central St. Pierre
Musée de la Pagerie (059) 668-3306 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Trois Ilets
Paul Gauguin Interpretation Center (+596) 596 51 53 13 1.1 mi. South of Central St. Pierre
Pre-Colombian Archaeological and Prehistory Museum of Martinique (059) 671-5705 Downtown Forte de France
Écomusée de la Martinique (059) 662-7914 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Ste. Luce

Historical Sites

If you enjoy learning about the history of a foreign place, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers 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 found in Trois Ilets, Martinique. All through there are no tours in English, you can walk around the two acre reconstructed slave village on your own and see the hardships that slaves on the island endured while also learning about how their traditions still play an important role in the island's heritage today.

Look through the following chart for more information on historic sites on Martinique.

Historic Sites On Martinique
Name Phone Location
Château Dubuc -- 7.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Le Robert
Dubuc Castle -- 7.9 mi. Northeast of Central Le Robert
Fontaine Gueydon -- Downtown Forte de France
Fort St. Louis -- Fort de France, Central Martinique
Habitation Anse Latouche (059) 678-2834 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Le Carbet
Habitation Fonds Saint-Jacques (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
Pavillon Bougenot (059) 670-9018 Downtown Forte de France
Schoelcher Library (059) 670-2667 Downtown Forte de France
Theatre Aimé Césaire (059) 659-4239 Downtown Forte de France

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors can explore some other intriguing sites on Martinique.

If you want to learn more about the distillery process, you might enjoy visiting 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 might enjoy a visit 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 chart right below lists more details concerning other kinds of places of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Martinique
Name Type Location
Cabrits Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.2 mi. South of Central Sainte-Anne
Cap 110 Monument 1.7 mi. South West of Central downtown Diamant
Fontaine Mackau Monument Downtown Forte de France
Habitation Clement Distillery 1.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Le Francois
Route de la Trace Scenic Trail The vicinity of Forte de France, Central Martinique
Tomb of the Caribbean Monument 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central St. Pierre
Trois Rivieres Historic Distillery Distillery 2.4 mi. West of Central Ste. Luce

Bear in mind, you will find a nice selection of attraction types available too. For more about other attractions, go to this page.

Ruins

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.

Places of Worship

The site where the St. Louis Cathedral in 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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