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“Don't miss.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Maarten Museum

St. Maarten Museum
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Trolley Train Historical Philipsburg Tour
Ranked #24 of 52 things to do in Philipsburg
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Owner description: This small museum, in a converted 1800s house, covers the culture and history of the island.
Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't miss.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This little place is easy to miss, but is well worth the time. Gives you a sense of the rich history which has been lost.

Visited January 2013
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nova scotia
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50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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Los Angeles, California
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90 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“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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