Learn, help, share at Amuseum Naturalis | THE DAILY HERALD

Amuseum Naturalis is an all-volunteer museum, and you can join in from 3:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, May 18.

MARIGOT–International Museum Day is this Saturday, May 18, and all are invited to participate at Amuseum Naturalis. Visit the Amuseum 9:00am to noon for free to celebrate and learn about the island’s nature and heritage.

Join in as a volunteer from 3:00 to 5:00pm to help make the Amuseum better. Come share your knowledge and talent, or just enjoy, at the free Cultural Happy Hour from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

“Have you been to a museum lately?” asks Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes. She can think of two good reasons why you should go: “I think everyone can learn something new at Amuseum Naturalis, even people who know the island very well. We’re also a community museum. We record and share information from the community so this culture and heritage isn’t lost.”

Amuseum Naturalis is a free museum of nature and heritage located at The Old House in French Quarter. It features more than two dozen exhibits covering many local topics, from animals to architecture and poetry to bush tea. The Amuseum has attracted more than 5,000 guests since it opened at its current location in July 2018.

The Amuseum is created entirely by volunteers, and monthly volunteer days typically attract 25-50 people. Many of the volunteers enjoy the chance to make new friends while gardening, building or cleaning.

The Amuseum has hosted several Cultural Happy Hours, featuring acoustic music, poetry readings and other performances. These events are a great chance to enjoy the grounds and gardens of The Old House, a place that feels very remote for busy St. Martin, especially on a full-moon night.

International Museum Day is celebrated by museums all over the world on or around May 18. The annual event’s goal is to raise awareness that “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” More than 40,000 museums in some 158 countries participated in the event in 2018.

“It’s really exciting to be part of International Museum Day,” said Amuseum co-founder Mark Yokoyama. “St. Martin has its own wildlife, culture, history and language. There is no big national museum here, but St. Martin needs and deserves museums as much as anywhere else in the world. On the plus side, anyone can help the museums we do have. Anyone can have a voice in how the story of St. Martin is being told.”

People can also take part in Museum Day activities at the St. Maarten Museum on Front Street in Philipsburg. It will be open from 9:00am to noon, and will celebrate with the 2019 International Museum Day theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”. There will be games for the children and informative presentations.

Amuseum Naturalis is open from 9:00am to noon Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free. The Museum Day volunteering will be from 3:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, May 18, and the free Cultural Happy Hour will follow from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The Amuseum is located at The Old House, on the hill above Galion Beach in French Quarter.

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Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/87460-learn-help-share-at-amuseum-naturalis