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

Assuming you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Philipsburg. To learn detailed information concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit St. Maarten Museum. It is located in Philipsburg. One of the exhibits celebrates national heroes with a wall that features twenty-five heroes. The museum is also always open to hear suggestions of who you think should be on the wall.

A second choice is Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. It's a museum towards the middle 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.

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 below has more details concerning some museums to choose from in and around Philipsburg.

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 enjoy exploring the history of countries you visit? If so, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical sites during your time in Philipsburg.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is The Courthouse. It is found within Philipsburg. Today the Courthouse stands only as a historic building viewable from the street. Many people find it to be great landmark to start and end her tour of Philipsburg with.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Fort Willem I. It is situated in western Philipsburg. Built in 1801 by the British it was eventually captured by the Dutch and named Fort Willem I in honor of the King of Holland. The fort would only have a short lifespan however, as it was abandoned by the Dutch in 1846.

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.

Check the chart below for information concerning historical sites 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 can experience some other interesting local landmarks in and near Philipsburg.

One popular destination is Sint Maarten Carousel. It is situated at Carousel Gelateria Bar and situated 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.

The table directly below provides you with some details concerning other kinds of places of interest to vacationers.

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
Groot Bai Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.0 mi. South West of Central Philipsburg
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction Cole Bay, 2.6 mi. West of Central Philipsburg
The Salt Pickers Monument Central Philipsburg

Keep in mind that Philipsburg offers additional attraction types. Navigate to this article which is all about even more attractions if you're interested in learning more details.

 

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