Exhibits

Our Exhibits

Learn a bit about the current exhibits in our main exposition hall and special exhibit room.

The Invaders

In this exhibit we take a closer look at the animals that arrived on St. Martin with the human help and have transformed both the ecology and history of the island and continue to do so. The invaders have exterminated native species, spread disease and even helped cause the collapse of at least one agricultural industry.

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Women, People of Color, and the Making of Natural History in the Caribbean

The historical contributions of women and people of color to science have often been hidden, suppressed, or simply not as well publicized as those of their white male contemporaries. This exhibit is the first installation in a special series created to shine a light on the discoveries and stories of women and people of color in the study of natural history in the Caribbean, from the 1600s to the early 1900s.

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Gut Life

There may not be any rivers on St. Martin, but guts—seasonal streams in the ravines that run between the island's hills—contain a surprising amount of life. Learn about these amazing freshwater ecosystems at our Gut Life exhibit.

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Team Clean

Learn about the insects that keep our island tidy by consuming carrion and returning those nutrients to the earth.

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Kingdom of the Night

Meet the animals that take over the island when the sun goes down!

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To the Bat Cave!

St. Martin's caves are home to an entire ecosystem of bats, bugs and other cave-dwelling critters. Learn about St. Martin's only native mammals and their neighbors.

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The Tree of Life

The Gaïac, or Lignum Vitae, is an endangered Caribbean native. This tree was heavily harvested—it has the hardest wood in the world—and grows very slowly. This exhibit showcases one of the Caribbean's most beautiful native plants and Les Fruits de Mer's Club Gaïac project, studying, mapping and planting this amazing tree.

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Only on St. Martin

Meet the unique animals that live on St. Martin and nowhere else in the world! Living examples of adaptation and evolution found only here.

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The Shell Collector

Learn about Dr. Hendrik van Rijgersma, St. Martin's 19th century naturalist. A doctor by trade and a passionate shell collector, he provided biological specimens to museums in the United States and Europe, greatly increasing our knowledge of the island's flora and fauna at a critical time.

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Tourists with Wings

Each year, the island his home to thousands of visitors traveling from as far away as the Arctic Circle. About 50 bird species spend their winters on St. Martin and this is their story.

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Shadow of a Drought

The photo essay, Shadow of a Drought, is the featured exhibit in our special exhibition room for January. It explores the severe drought that impacted much of the Caribbean in 2015, with an emphasis on the changes that took place in St. Martin's wetlands.

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