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Review of St. Maarten Museum

St. Maarten Museum
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Owner description: This small museum, in a converted 1800s house, covers the culture and history of the island.
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.

7  Thank jmb201130
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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.

3  Thank PDawson_54
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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.

4  Thank Tony G
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

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

Thank AndreaM2012_12
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

I went to see the museum the second time in about 10 years, and enjoyed refreshing my knowledge in a wide variety of topics: geology, history, climate, politics, expanding business vs. preserving ancient artifacts, etc. If you take your time and comb through the slightly amateurish exhibits, I guarantee that you will walk away with some new and fun information. Enjoy! It's truly fun and a great way to break up the beach fun or duty free shopping in Philipsburg.

2  Thank zsolt44
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