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The story of the volcanic eruption that destroyed Saint Pierre and the surrounding communities is one well worth experiencing. The museum is small, but very well laid out and the electronic guides... more »
I wouldn't say this is a "hidden gem" as it isn't really hidden, but it is somewhat off the beaten track. Highly recommend to better understand the history of Martinique and the eruption of Pelee. more »
I am not sure who is responsible for this beautiful little museum, but it was very well done. There is an audio tour and lots of information about the horrible tragedy that befell this town of 30,000.... more »
No need for tour guide the headphones bring the place to life narrating what occurred decades ago in the area. Astonishing artifacts and well detailed and labelled rooms. Also got a discount to Clement rum tour with our visit.
The most emotional place I have ever been to.. But I'm really glad I went.. Very well presented.
Small place worth a visit if you're around the area.
I might have visited museums worse than this one, albeit I am quite sure to remember that - contrary to the Musée Franck Perret - none of them charged admission. Since I arrived quite early in the day, I apparently was the first and at this moment only visitor. After paying the full admission (€5) I found myself in a tiny museum, consisting of only one room. The room is rather dark and least 50% of the showcases were not lit, making it hard to fully perceive the exhibited objects. When I went back to the paydesk to inquire as to why there was no light in the showcases, one employee graciously informed me that it was out of order, offered not even an apology and resumed her loud private chatter with her two co-workers which I had so rudely dared to interrupt. I might have spent 10 minutes in this joint, whose run-down exterior fits the interior. I cannot offer pictures from the inside, since it was forbidden to take photographs. I can insure you though there would not have been much to see on them, unless taken with flashlight. Maybe the cause behind the prohibition is to conceal that this place definitely is not worth the admission. I do not intend to degrade the exhibited objects themselves. It is an assembly of personal possessions and utilities of the victims of the volcanic eruption in 1902 which were received from the ruins. Mostly small pieces, but there are also the remains of a large church bell - this one is in the centre of the room, not in a showcase, and therefore fully acknowledgeable. It is beyond me why they would charge the full admission when you can't see half of the objects. I furthermore wonder why there were three clerks present at a tiny museum, obviously not a bit busy, and none of them had the idea to give a few explanations/a short tour to the only visitor. Definitely can't recommend this place. The €5 are better spent on Lorraine or Corsaire. Cheers!
A valiant effort with limited resources. A bit more light would help in some exhibits.
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