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

Philipsburg is a good option for those wishing to visit St. Maarten Museum, because those staying in this region of St. Martin will have the benefit of easy museum access throughout their trip. There is a reasonable selection of hotels around the area around St. Maarten 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

There are a couple of neighboring alfresco enterprises to participate in while you and your party aren't exploring St. Maarten Museum. Vacationers with an interest in trying out their aptitude on the golf course, will want to do so at the closest golfing facility, which is Mullet Bay Golf Course. Uneventful days can also be filled with time at Great Bay, the most close-by beach. On top of that, your group may find one or two additional beach and golf options in the region. Visitors will encounter a fair number of other local attractions in this general vicinity. There are a pair of nearby attractions -Wathey Square and The Courthouse- both of which are located within a few miles of the museum.


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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