St. Maarten Museum

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When the St Maarten National Park Foundation and the St Maarten Museum foundation merged in 1993, the St Maarten National Heritage Foundation was created. This foundation created the St Maarten Museum, which aims to protect and promote the rich heritage of the island of St Maarten.

Visitors and locals who would like to learn about the natural and geological history of St. Maarten can do so at the St. Maarten Museum. Wandering through the museum, you can see artifacts from the early days of the indigenous Arawak people, exploring further to the colonial battles of Spain, France, and the Netherlands, to the era of modernization and finally to St Maarten today.

Filled with relics, paintings, and other collections, St Maarten Heritage Museum attempts to tell the story of St Maarten from its pre-colonial days to the present. Exhibits include artifacts from before European settlement, and detail how the landscape of the country has changed over the centuries.

St. Maarten Museum


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 Hurricane Luis exhibit presents visitors with a collection of newspaper clippings, eyewitness testimony and images about the aftermath of the monstrous hurricane.

The flora and fauna exhibit helps guests decipher all of the beautiful plant life on the island. The geology exhibit has pieces like a Point Blanche rock formation that is crystallized limestone that dates back to 15 million years ago. There is also a HMS Proselyte exhibit, which tells the history of Proselyte Reef, which is now a popular dive site.

You can also feel free to visit St. Maarten Museum Gift Shop.

Staying Close

St. Maarten Museum is located in Philipsburg, ensuring those staying in this area of St. Martin will have the benefit of convenient access to the museum during their visit. There is a reasonably good selection of hotels in the area around the museum.

Hotels near St. Maarten Museum
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Holland House Beach Hotel Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.4 km) NW
Horizon View Beach Hotel Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.3 km) NW
Seaview Beach Hotel Hotel 0.4 mi. (0.1 km) WNW
Sea Palace Resort Hotel 0.5 mi. (0.2 km) WNW
Ernest Hotel Hotel -- --
Midtown Motel Motel -- --
Monte Oro Hotel Motel -- --

Location and What's Nearby

If you find yourself hungry after spending time in the museum, no problem -- you'll find a wide variety of food and drink options within traveling distance. Ben & Marcos is a wonderful location to dine on your way to your day at St. Maarten Museum, and is the closest restaurant to it. It is only about about a hundred yards away from this landmark, so stop in and peruse the menu. Also near St. Maarten Museum you and your companions will have eateries including Pasanggrahan Restaurant and Le Blue Peter so if you're lucky, at least one of these close by eateries will humor the whole entire group.


Operating Hours

St. Maarten Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.


Admission at this non-profit museum is free for students and children and $1(USD) for adults.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (599) 542-4917

Location: 7 Front Street, Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten




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