Jan 28, 2021

Amuseum 2021

Amuseum Naturalis
Amuseum Naturalis

Wherever you are, we hope you are safe and doing well. Here in St. Martin, we wrapped up a challenging and busy 2020 at Amuseum Naturalis. Despite the pandemic, we have been able to do a lot to share local learning about nature and heritage.

We’re glad that the Amuseum has been open to visit and enjoy in recent months. All the exhibits, gardens and viewpoints are outside, with plenty of space for the visitors who come to enjoy them. Mask-wearing, distancing and other pandemic protocols are in place.

We’ve also found great ways to share the Amuseum with people who can’t be here. We produced 10 books in English and 8 French translations. They tell some of the amazing stories of St. Martin’s wildlife, plants and heritage. They are free to download and print copies have been distributed for free to local schools.

In 2021, we plan to build on our successes. We will be adding new exhibits to the Amuseum and hopefully resuming all our in-person activities there when the health situation allows. We are also moving forward with new books, activities and online materials to bring the magic of the Amuseum to even more people.

Thank you for your support! Please take some time to check out our books and videos. If you have or know people with kids, download the free Endemic Birds of the Caribbean coloring book from our website!

If you are able to support the Amuseum, we can really use the help right now. Any contributions are greatly appreciated.

Stay safe and thank you!!!

Amuseum books
Amuseum books
Free plant stand
Free plant stand

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Oct 2, 2020

Amuseum Everywhere!

Amuseum reopened.
Amuseum reopened.

Hello from St. Martin! 

We’re happy to bring you some good news from the Caribbean. Though the situation on the ground here has been in constant motion, we’ve made a lot of progress. Over the last few months, we’ve been busy sharing what is special about this island locally and globally.

Back in July, we reopened the Amuseum in what we call “park” mode. Visitors can take self-guided visits any time during daylight hours. It turns out, having all your exhibits outdoors makes it a lot easier to offer a museum experience safely at this time! We also offer free masks and hand sanitizer to help protect everyone. We haven’t been busy enough to be crowded (which is good right now!), but individuals and families have been coming by to see the exhibits and enjoy the gardens. We’ve even added some new local poetry panels. We have more new exhibits ready to go up as hurricane season winds down.

We have also been creating resources that can be used anywhere in the world. We now have ten books in print in English, with French versions on the way. They are all available as free downloads, too!

We continue to make Amuseum content available to local schools as exhibit banners for the classroom. We also published over 30 short videos of undersea life this summer.

Thank you for your support! Please take some time to check out our books and videos. If you have or know people with kids, download the free Endemic Birds of the Caribbean coloring book from our site!

If you are able to support the Amuseum, we can really use the help right now. Any contributions are greatly appreciated.

Stay safe and thank you!!!

Outdoor exhibits.
Outdoor exhibits.
Local poetry.
Local poetry.
Trails and views.
Trails and views.
Garden and free plant stand.
Garden and free plant stand.

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Jun 8, 2020

Amuseum@Home

Amuseum@Home includes over 100 activities.
Amuseum@Home includes over 100 activities.

Hello from St. Martin! 

Although Amuseum Naturalis has been closed to visitors due to lockdown, we have been busier than ever during recent months. We have been working to provide Amuseum experiences at home and preparing new ways to deliver local nature and heritage education.

Launched in March, Amuseum@Home is an online program that has shared over 100 books, videos and activities about local nature and heritage. All of it is free. 

We have also launched a program called Heritage Backup. We are working with the community to document and preserve local history and heritage. We are especially focused on personal and family histories that are not part of the usual historical narratives about the powerful and wealthy, but instead share the history and heritage of everyday people. We are collecting memories, images and stories daily.

We have also been adapting our museum exhibits into book form. We have been sharing the books online for free, but with funding we can also print copies of them to distribute to schools. We believe this can be a valuable resource that isn’t dependent on access to the physical Amuseum or an internet-connected device.

We are also preparing the Amuseum for reopening when we can do it safely. We hope this is soon. 

Thank you for your support! Please take some time to check out Amuseum@Home, Heritage Backup and some of our new books. If you have or know people with kids, the Amuseum@Home activities are fun no matter where you live!

If you are able to support the Amuseum, we can really use the help right now. Any contributions are greatly appreciated.

Stay safe and thank you!!!

Free digital books.
Free digital books.
Heritage Backup - preserving and sharing stories.
Heritage Backup - preserving and sharing stories.

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