When you've had your fill of duty-free shopping and many lazy hours in the sand, plan to take a tour of Philipsburg which will give you insight into local heritage and culture. There are several museums and historic homes that offer this in just a few hours of sightseeing, and you won't want to miss a chance to see the military forts which once stood to protect the island from invaders.
If you like to expand your knowledge of other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Philipsburg. To get detailed information about each museum, just click on the name.
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit is a museum in the heart of Philipsburg. Exhibits include proprietor Nick's personal collection of movie relics and collectibles, with a focus on Sci-Fi franchises like Star Wars, Highlander, and Superman.
Another interesting landmark worth visiting is St. Maarten Museum. It is located in Philipsburg. Visitors who would like to learn about the natural and geological history of St. Maarten can do so at the St. Maarten Museum. Exhibits include artifacts from before European settlement, and detail how the landscape of the country has changed over the centuries.
St. Maarten Heritage Museum: The museum is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. On Saturday the museum is open from 10:00 a.m.
The chart just below enables you to learn more details concerning some museums to consider in and around the area.
|(059) 029-2284||Sandy Ground, 4.5 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|Musee Des Coquillages||(059) 053-7531||Downtown Marigot, 4.0 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|Musée de Saint-Martin||(059) 029-4836||Downtown Marigot, 3.9 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|St. Maarten Heritage Museum||(721) 542-4314||0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|St. Maarten Museum||(721) 542-4297||0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|The Old House||(059) 087-3284||La Croisade, 4.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit||(721) 542-4009||Central Philipsburg|
If you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your vacation.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is The Courthouse. It is located in Philipsburg. Tourists can walk by the front of the Courthouse to take in the historic structure's architecture whenever they please, though nighttime viewing is not recommended.
Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fort Willem I. It is found in western Philipsburg. Placards throughout the property provide tourists with information about the history of the fort in several different languages, and a large building at the foot of the fort houses the "sous prefecture."
: Visitors will be able to see and explore what is left of the Sucker Garden Salt Factory. While mainly in ruins, there is still plenty to see and even more to imagine.
Review the following table for more information about historic sites in and around the area.
|--||2.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Border Obelisk||--||3.3 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|Fort Amsterdam||--||1.0 mi. South West of Central Philipsburg|
|Fort Louis||--||Downtown Marigot, 4.0 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|Fort Willem I||--||Little Bay, 0.8 mi. West of Central Philipsburg|
|Mount Vernon Plantation||(059) 029-5062||4.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Old Prison||--||Downtown Marigot, 4.0 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|Spring Sugar Mill||--||Downtown Marigot, 4.0 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg|
|--||1.4 mi. Northeast of Central Philipsburg|
|The Courthouse||--||0.1 mi. East of Central Philipsburg|
Guests can explore some other interesting attractions in and near the area.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Carousel Gelateria Bar and located in Cole Bay, 2.6 mi. West of central Philipsburg. You will be able to stop by the carousel any time between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.. It can be found at
Some of the other types of landmarks in and near the area are provided down below.
|Scenic Trail||0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg|
|Scenic Trail||0.2 mi. West of Central Philipsburg|
|Lighthouse||1.0 mi. South West of Central Philipsburg|
|Tourist Attraction||Cole Bay, 2.6 mi. West of Central Philipsburg|
Luckily, you'll be able to find a nice selection of attraction types available too. To navigate to our full guide to other attractions, read this page.
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