A stone building that held the kitchen of the estate where Joséphine grew up houses the Musée de la Pagerie. It contains an assortment of memorabilia pertaining to her life and rather unfortunate loves, including a marriage certificate and a love letter written straight from the heart by Napoléon in 1796. The main house blew down in the hurricane of 1766, when she was 3, and the family lived for years above the sugarcane factory—a hot, smelly, and fly-ridden existence.
At 16 she was wed (an arranged marriage because her father was a gambling man in need of money) to Alexandre de Beauharnais. After he was assassinated during the Revolution, she married Napoléon. Museum hours sometimes change, so be sure to call in advance.
Les Trois-Ilets, 97229, Martinique