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St Thomas Historical Trust Museum

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Address: West Side of Roosevelt Park, at 15 B Norre Gade, 00804, St. Thomas
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+1 340-774-5541
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Offering the only free museum in town, Hassel Island tours and historical...

Offering the only free museum in town, Hassel Island tours and historical downtown walking tours! A pleasant historical adventure awaits you at St. Thomas Historical Trust's free museum. Tours take about 30 minutes, and you'll be led by knowledgeable local historians who love to tell the remarkable stories of St. Thomas' exciting history. Hassel Island Tours are Wednesday's at 8:30 am OR BY APPOINTMENT!!! Tour this amazing historical site with our super-knowledgeable guide "Doc." See the ruins of Danish and British forts as well as the leprosarim, the unique Creque Marine Railroad. Check out a real diving bell. Downtown walking tours with one of our certified guides are available by appointment. Just call! Our free museum gives you a chance to ask our experts about anything you have seen in St. Thomas and get the real facts! Genuine artifacts from the days of pirates, the age of steam ships and 100 year old 3-D images mesmerize history buffs along with dozens of antique photos from the late 1900s and early 20th century, and a sensational collection of Antique West Indian furniture. Learn about our 1867 tsunami, and the ominous threat that was the real reason the U.S. purchased the islands from Denmark. The best little museum in town, for visitors or locals. If you are local, please ask to see the "riddle picture", and see if you can identify the image. Museum hours: Open Tuesdays and Thursday's 10-3:30pm or by appt. How to find us: On Main Street's eastern end, on the West side of Roosevelt Park. Look for the flags flying from our balcony in front of our 1840s building. Enter the museum via our mini garden courtyard visible through the beautiful antique iron gates gate on left side of building, after pressing the button for admittance. Free, but donations are always welcome. The museum is operated by a 501(c) 3 non-profit.

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The museum's now open every weekday, in a new downtown location -- easy to find!

What a vibrant history is on display here. St. Thomas was the Caribbean's hotspot for centuries past! We enjoyed the displays of the harbor's marine artifacts, rum-making, West... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a vibrant history is on display here. St. Thomas was the Caribbean's hotspot for centuries past! We enjoyed the displays of the harbor's marine artifacts, rum-making, West Indian antique furnishings, and especially the 3-D photo views (loved the stereoscopes!) of daily life 100 years ago: town scenes came alive before our eyes!

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

For a short history lesson and an interesting tour of part of an historic home, the Historical Trust is to be complimented. Our guide was a longtime St. Thomas resident and she had many insights and stories to tell about life in St. Thomas. We spent about half an hour with her and enjoyed every minute. It is worth planning... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

Outstanding morning! Doc was fantastic and amazing information. Beautiful views and great history lessons throughout the day.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2016

I had heard from a friend about the Historical Trust's walking tour of Hassel Island, as the superior value and more intimate and personable option of any Hassel Island tour. My friend was correct. I was amazed at the encyclopedic historical knowledge of guide and all-around Virgin Island guru "Doc" Palancia and recommend this 3-4 hour walkabout for anyone with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

Great people and love the hospitality but you don't understand the local culture or looking for fast service, you might not enjoy it like I did. Eat some some local food and enjoy the music....jammin'!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

We happened upon the Trust while on the self-guided walking tour. Pamela let us in even though they were closing up. Great tour and she shared all kinds of history of St Thomas. Definitely worth stopping by. There are other historical sights nearby (governor's mansion, 99 steps, Ft Christian, etc.)

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

We stopped by the museum on our Walking Tour and the Director, Pamela gave us a personal tour. All of the volunteers were over at Fort Christian preparing for the special opening, so Pamela opened up the museum and explained in detailed the history of the island. We were so appreciative of the time she took with us. Please take... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Great history of St. Thomas - furnishings, paintings and photographs. Personal tour with docent. Supported by donations and proceeds from the gift shop.

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St. Thomas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

I took my 7 year old on Veteran's Day and he loved this place. The history of these islands can often be overshadowed by the shopping and the beaches, but what a history it is. the architectural stuff alone had him swooning, and I saw in his artwork later how much he really took in. Take your kids and show... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Small area but filled with incredible detail via photographs and other artwork. You can truly feel the stories behind each individual piece. A lot of care has done into selecting each piece. Who knew such a seemingly "small" island could be so rich in history!

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