Step into the world of Star Wars—and the mind of legendary Hollywood makeup artist Nick Maley who helped create many of the franchise’s most memorable characters—at the Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit in Phillipsburg. In the middle of a bevy of duty-free shops along Front Street, this museum and gift shop houses movie memorabilia, figurines, props, and holograms.
Downtown Philipsburg might seem an unlikely place to see Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Han Solo, and friends, but that’s what you find at this shop. Book a tour to enjoy the movie relics, all of which come from the private collection of the creator of Yoda (and St. Maarten resident) Nick “That Yoga Guy” Maley. Storyboards, scripts, vintage movie posters, and behind-the-scenes photos from movies he worked on.
Guided by Maley’s narration (from a DVD) and holographic characters, the tour offers insight into movie making—he worked on The Shining, Superman, the original Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, among others. Don’t miss his collection of face casts including Alfred Hitchcock, James Cagney, Abraham Lincoln, Angelina Jolie, and Michael Jackson, which Maley created for his "Thriller" video.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Movie fans of all ages will appreciate this first-hand look at how movies are made.
- Admission to this non-profit museum includes the tour.
- Photos are allowed without flash.
- The museum is up stairs and not wheelchair accessible.
- Narration is in English only.
- If Maley is present when you visit, he will autograph any item over $20 from the museum’s gift store.
How to Get There
The museum is located on the second story of a building overlooking Front Street and is easily accessible by taxi. Those who drive find ample parking near the museum. From the cruise dock, it’s about a 10-minute walk.
When to Get There
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit is open daily, year-round, with shorter viewing hours over the weekend. Crowd levels depend on whether or not there is a cruise ship in dock.
May The Force Be With You
Get an insider view of what it’s like to work on famous movies including Star Wars, Superman, The Terminator, Highlander, Men in Black, and more, while also contributing to a worthy cause. Your admission fee to enter this nonprofit exhibit goes to local initiatives to “inspire youths to overcome negativity and peer pressure to live exceptional lives.”