Martinique Landmarks

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 expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Martinique. To obtain complete information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

Depaz Distillery is a museum 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 landmark worth visiting is Musee de la Banane. It is located in Sainte Marie, Martinique. Who knew there was so much to learn about the most consumed fruit on the planet? Indeed, this museum teaches you about its production and all of its many uses.

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 table right below offers some key facts regarding some museums to choose from 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
Interpretation Center Paul Gauguin (+596) 06 96 80 80 96 0.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Le Carbet
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
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

Like discovering the historical roots of the places you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical sites during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers is Schoelcher Library. It is situated in downtown Forte de France. Visiting a library may not be ideal for every vacationer, but the unique history and architecture make this a must see site.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is La Savane des Esclaves. It is located within 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.

Take a moment to read this table to read more about 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

Vacationers can experience some other interesting local landmarks on Martinique.

If you're intrigued by the distillery process, consider heading 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 learn more about 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 other kinds of landmarks on the island are displayed in the following table.

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

Keep in mind, Martinique is home to other attraction types. To read more about other attractions, go to this article.

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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