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National heros


National Heroes

St. Maarten is what it is today thanks to the dedication and efforts of some very special people. These hard working men and women are our National Heroes. If you would like to learn more about our National heroes then, come to the museum, see them on the wall and we are more than willing to provide you with further information.

Our wall counts twenty-five heroes. If you think some other persons deserve to be on our wall of National Heroes, please contact us. We are always open for suggestions.




Hurricane Luis


Hurricane Luis

Hurricane Luis hit our island on September the 5th and 6th of 1995.

This exhibit presents you with a display with a collection of newspaper clippings, images and eye accounts of the aftermath of the monster hurricane Luis.

Visitors of the Museum can also request to watch a video about Hurricane Luis.

For more information about hurricanes go to the menu environment and see the hurricane sections



Flora and fauna


Flora and Fauna

St. Maarten has a wide variety of different habitats which determine the flora and fauna of the island. The main ones included here can be divided into marine and dry inland areas. The marine areas are the salt ponds and the

lagoons, mangrove swamps, coral reefs, sea grass beds and sandy shores. In the museum you will be able to view  several displays about the above mentioned habitats and what kind of animals and plants live there. For more information go to the menu environment.





Our Museum has several different types of rock formations on display that gives the visitor an insight in the geological history of the island. An example of this is a piece of Point Blanche rock formation. This layered rock is a result of crystallization of lime stone and dates back to about 15 million years.

About two million years ago St. Maarten, Anguilla and St. Barths were one island. This was visible because the sea level was about 36 meters lower than it is today.

In the Museum a 3dimensial map of what was then know as greater St. Maarten can be viewed.

For more information see "ENVIRONMENT."




HMS Proselyte


HMS Proselyte (shipwrecked 1801, Great bay)


H.M.S Proselyte was originally a Dutch war Frigate, named “Jason”, was built in Rotterdam in 1770. Through mutiny the ship was handed over to the British Royal Navy in

 June 1796. The British altered it from a 36 piece (canon) to a 32 piece (canon) and renamed it H.M.S. “PROSELYTE”. The Ship sank in full view of Philipsburg on September 2nd, 1801 when it hit a coral reef. The “PROSELYTE” today lies on her starboard side just beyond the mouth of Great Bay at Philipsburg. The “PROSELYTE Reef” has become a popular dive site.

A model of the ship and many collected artifacts found on the seabed can be viewed in the museum.



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