Landmarks in Philipsburg

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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.  

Museums

St. Maarten Museum

In case you enjoy learning about other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Philipsburg. Just click on each place's name to read more information.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is St. Maarten Museum. It is located in Philipsburg. St. Maarten Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

A second choice is Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. It's a museum in central 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.

The Old House: The Old House Museum takes visitors back to the early days of Saint Martin's colonial history where they will learn of the culture, politics, and economics that have led the island to where it is today.

The chart just below has more details on some museums to choose from in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Philipsburg
Name Phone Location
Marigot Musee (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 Museum (599) 542-4917 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

Historical Sites

The Courthouse

Do you like exploring the historical roots of countries you visit? If that's the case, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites while vacationing in Philipsburg.

Many travelers choose to visit The Courthouse. It is located in Philipsburg. Since it was originally constructed as the home of Commander John Philips (the founder of Philipsburg) in 1793, this historic building has been a great many things. A home, a jail, a fire station, and a post office.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fort Willem I. It is located within 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."

Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins: 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.

You can look through the following chart to see sites of historical interest in and around Philipsburg.

Historic Sites In and Around Philipsburg
Name Phone Location
Belvedere Plantation -- 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
Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins -- 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central Philipsburg
The Courthouse -- 0.1 mi. East of Central Philipsburg

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers may experience some other intriguing sites in and near Philipsburg.

One popular destination is Sint Maarten Carousel. It is found within Carousel Gelateria Bar and located in Cole Bay, 2.6 mi. West of central Philipsburg. Sint Maarten sure is fun for the adults, but the children deserve something too! While exploring Cole Bay, surprise them with a trip to a carousel, where they will be able to ride the horses and carriages around, while parents can watch from the cocktail and espresso bar.

Some of the other types of landmarks in and near Philipsburg are provided directly below.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Philipsburg
Name Type Location
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail 0.2 mi. West of Central Philipsburg
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction Cole Bay, 2.6 mi. West of Central Philipsburg
The Salt Pickers Monument Central Philipsburg

If you are looking for a wider range of attractions beyond this category, you can find others. For a better look at other attractions, visit this page.

 

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