A museum to tell the story of St. Martin

by Les Fruits de Mer
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A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
A museum to tell the story of St. Martin
The Last Frontier
The Last Frontier

Wherever you are, you can add a little Amuseum Naturalis fun and learning to your life. Download a free copy of Animals Around Me: St. Martin Wildlife Coloring Book and Nature Journal from our website.

We’ve been busy the last few months! We launched a beautiful exhibit called The Last Frontier. It is all about French Quarter, the town where the Amuseum is located. It features etchings of people and places in French Quarter made by Sir Roland Richardson. It also includes his memories and commentary on the etchings.

The start of school has been delayed this fall, so we relaunched our Amuseum@Home program to share educational activities every day for free. We have also made printouts available at the Amuseum for anyone who can’t access the activities online.

We are looking forward to a busy fall with more new exhibits and books coming out. We will be doing our best to make sure kids have access to education about their own island despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Thank you for your support! It really makes many wonderful things possible. If you are able, we could really use your help right now. It’s how we keep all our projects running throughout the year. Any amount helps!

Stay safe and thank you!!!

Animals Around Me
Animals Around Me
Amuseum@Home
Amuseum@Home
Amuseum Naturalis
Amuseum Naturalis

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New outdoor exhibits.
New outdoor exhibits.

Wherever you are, we hope you are safe and doing well. Here in St. Martin, we’ve been working hard at Amuseum Naturalis, helping share the amazing nature and heritage of this island.

We recently added a couple new exhibits. One features stories from the oral histories of six St. Martiners. They tell how they survived storms, cooked, taught painting and built a business. Another exhibit explores a unique 19th century journal from the island. In it, a St. Martiner recorded remedies and other important information from the time. 

We’re happy to have the Amuseum open right now. 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 have carefully restarted free school class visits, too. 

Thank you for your support! It really makes many wonderful things possible. If you are able, we could really use your help right now. We are depending on donations to keep operating through the summer. It is our toughest time of the year for funding, and this year has been harder than most. Any amount helps!

Please check out some of the books we’ve created over the last year. You can download them for free. You can also follow us on social media to see some of the new things we are working on, like researching the sargassum algae for future exhibits.

Stay safe and thank you!!!

Oral history exhibit.
Oral history exhibit.
Oral history exhibit.
Oral history exhibit.
Book of Cures exhibit.
Book of Cures exhibit.
Sargassum research.
Sargassum research.

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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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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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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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