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“Culturally stimulating” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Maarten Museum

St. Maarten Museum
7 Front St | Wathey Square, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
599 542 4917
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Ranked #8 of 11 Attractions in Philipsburg
Type: Museums
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Owner description: This small museum, in a converted 1800s house, covers the culture and history of the island.
nova scotia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Culturally stimulating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Being a museum curator I am always interested in visiting other museums. This little gem is wonderfully set up for the small budget they have. I was very impressed with the number of artifacts and the story they told. Well worth a visit when on this amazing island.

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Flemington, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Of some interest”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This museum is tucked away on a side street off of Front Street at the eastern end of this thoroughfare. (It is not at Wathey Square.) It took many inquiries and several wrong directions to reach it. If you find the Guavaberry store, you're very close - opposite side of the street. It's worthwhile to see once though I cannot imagine a return trip. It had several interesting pieces of Arawak or similar era pottery and tools and interesting information about the slave trade and early days of European settlement. It also has a lot of items that are of questionable value though their inclusion in and of itself is entertaining. The volunteer staff is very pleasant knowledgeable. I had seen a write-up about the island's discovery by Europeans in the mid 1600s and the apparent lack of any native peoples. The director explained that the Arawak likely visited but did not stay because of the lack of fresh water. I appreciate the time she took answering several of my questions and the obvious commitment she and the other staff have.

Visited October 2012
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Windsor, Connecticut, United States
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Cute little place to learn about the island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We have stopped in a couple of times. I love history so it was very interesting to see how the island evolved over time. It is on a little side street in Phillipsburg and we usually duck down that street to get some shade and buy some trinkets so we like to stop in and look around. They're always looking for a little $ for a donation and I'm always in on helping out not-for-profits.

Visited February 2012
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Montecito, California
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“Very Informational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Nice staff and very informational about the island. Not very big and only 1 floor (the upper) but worth the $5 entrance fee. Spent almost an hour enjoying the exhabitls.

Visited July 2012
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“Fantastic find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

tucked away on a side street and full of fascintaing information about the island.

Visited March 2012
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