81C Town Tour - Walking tour of historic Charlotte Amalie + private art show


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Duration: 2 hours

Departs: st thomas, st thomas

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

Overview

Join 81C for a walking-tour-social, featuring present, past, and future reflections on Historic Charlotte Amalie, and delivering a contemporary art gallery experience.

Attendees will see public art, historic details, architecture, and daily life along our curated route, culminating in a visit to 81C's art gallery space, featuring a private art exhibition reception, including wine and a gallery presentation.

Current featured art exhibition through March 23: Jasmine Lindquist - WONDER

With design, timelessness, and creative culture in mind, we present a quintessential experience in a world class historic district.

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What's Included

Complimentary fine wines (18+) at the conclusion of tour inside 81C, our event venue and art gallery.


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 100

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Mixed terrain - historic district walking conditions. Appropriate footwear, hats, sunglasses, bottled water encouraged. 16 and under may join the tour for free w/ family who have confirmed booking.
  • Service animals allowed

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Three Queens Statue
The Three Queens fountain was unveiled in 2005 and commemorates three historically important women: Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Josiah. These women led a successful 1878 insurrection against the Danish Government demanding improved working and living conditions, and better wages. The demonstration is known as the “Fireburn”. The women wear clothing typical of the mid-1800’s, long dresses, with a long sleeved blouse and an apron. They carry in their hands: a lantern, a harvesting tool and flambeaux (torch). The sculpture was made by American artist Richard Hallier.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Blackbeard’s Castle
Erected in 1679 by the Danes as a watchtower to protect the harbor as well as Fort Christian, Blackbeard's Castle was originally called Skytsborg.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Government House
Government House is a neoclassical, gracious 3 story white building with beautifully intricate ironwork along the balconies. Built between 1865 and 1867, it is a perfect example of the grandeur of official buildings during Danish colonial time. You can admire it from the outside and visit the lobby which contains: display boards of the islands’ governors including Danish, Naval and Civilian; two small paintings by renowned Impressionist artist, Camille Pissarro; and three murals by Italian-American artist Peppino Margravite.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Fort Christian
The 81C Town Tour includes access to Fort Christian, a Dano-Norwegian-built fort in Charlotte Amalie. Built 1672-1680, the fort served as a critical point of defense and government during the entire period of Dano-Norwegian, and later Danish, administration, which ended in 1917 with the sale of the islands to the United States.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

99 Steps
Charlotte Amalie is unique for step streets, or frigangs as the Danes called them. These steps were built in the mid 1700s. Dozens of step streets cut through nearly all the hills rising from the Charlotte Amalie harbor area; the 99 steps are the most popular. They are likely the most photographed as well; the picturesque stairway has colorful flowers on either side making it an easy choice for a photo. The bricks used in the steps were brought from Denmark as ballast in the hulls of sailing ships. The 99 steps original name was Store Taarne Gade which means Greater Tower Street. The 99 steps are actually 103 steps.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Emancipation Garden
The park was built to commemorate the freeing of the slaves which took place July 3, 1848. A commemorative plaque, a bronze bust of a freed slave blowing a conch shell and a replica of the Liberty Bell are featured. The park is surrounded by historical buildings, including the Emancipation Garden Post Office and Government House.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Hotel 1829
View and details on hotel 1829

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cardow Jewelers
Former embassy for the British ambassador.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel opened in downtown Charlotte Amalie in 1841.
It was once one of the premier hotels on the island, and played host to many lavish parties due to its prime location and stylish interior.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Market Square
Originally, back in the 18th century, Market Square was home to one of the busiest slave markets in the West Indies. Officially called Rothschild Francis Square, Market Square eventually became a popular place for people from all over the island to come to sell and purchase fresh fruit, fish, sauces, and vegetables. Its main landmark, the imposing cast iron bungalow, was built in the early 20th century and is where vendors set up. Traditionally, the busiest market day is Saturday; vendors arrive hours before dawn. Tourists who visit Market Square on Saturday mornings will be reminded of other farmers markets found throughout the world.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Royal Dane Mall
Royal Dane Mall consists of three interconnecting pedestrian alleyways between beautifully restored and maintained historic sugar warehouses dating back to Danish colonial times.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Camille Pissarro Fine Antiques & Print Gallery
Few people realize that Camille Pissarro, one of the most famous Impressionist painters of the 19th century, was born and raised in St. Thomas. Though he eventually won fame in France, the island of his childhood inspired much of his painting.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

81C
Contemporary art gallery and event venue. Visitors will experience a contemporary art exhibition and comments from tour guides on art and building architecture. 81C is located inside an 1810-built rum warehouse.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


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