St. Maarten Museum

Photo credit: © St. Maarten Museum

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.


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

Those wishing to visit St. Maarten Museum may choose to book their trip in Philipsburg, since visitors to this area of St. Martin will have the benefit of easy access to this museum during their visit. Even though the area isn't over-crowded, you'll still find a reasonably varied selection of accommodations to pick from.

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 many eateries to select from in the neighborhood immediately near St. Maarten Museum. Ben & Marcos is an ideal location to satisfy your hunger before checking out St. Maarten Museum, and is very close-by, making it a great option for its patrons. The restaurant is maybe about about a hundred yards away from this landmark, so grab a table and dig in! Also within reach, you will have options including Pasanggrahan Restaurant and Le Blue Peter so hopefully, at least one of these close by picks will humor the whole party.


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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