The fascinating history of this island is exhibited in several Curacao museums. If you want to admire unique works of art or learn more about the Dutch colonization of Curacao the people here on Curacao will gladly show you around. The most important museums are described below.
The strategically located island of Curacao has a deep water harbor and is surrounded by water, so it’s no wonder we have an extensive maritime history. The Maritime museum will take the Curacao-visitor on a 500-years history-filled discovery tour.
At ground level the compelling story of the arrival of the island’s original inhabitants is told. Look out for well over 10.000 unique artifacts that help preserve our history. Did you know that Leonard B. Smith was Curacao’s first American consul to bring electricity to the island? Stop by during your stay to learn more surprising facts about Curacao.
NOTE: Opening hours start from Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 04.00 pm. Harbor tours are given on Wednesday through Saturday.
This is the oldest museum on the island. Within the walls of this former military hospital you will find a variety of unique art and history. Take the cockpit of the SNIP for example, KLM’s first airplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Holland to Curacao.
Don’t miss the many paintings of renowned local and international artists, if you’re keen on art. A remarkable object is the map of the Caribbean made of stained glass by Bogtman. This work of art was uniquely made for the World Exhibition in New York back in 1939.
NOTE: Opening hours start from Tuesday through Friday 08.30-16.30 and Saturday 10.00-16.00.
Phone: +(5999) 462-3873
Address: Van Leeuwenhoekstraat z/n
Kura Hulanda Museum is time well-spent when you’re at the Otrobanda district. The museum houses the largest African collection in the Caribbean. Its focus lies on the cultural identity of the people of Curacao.
Highlights include a chronicle of the Original of Man, African slave trade and West African Empires. Did you know that the Dutch made more money on African slave trade in Curacao than in all other possessions and colonies together? Find more about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade at the Kura Hulanda Museum.
NOTE: Opening hours are from Monday through Sunday between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.
Another Curacao museum, well worth your visit is the Tula Museum. Named after the great leader of the slave revolt Tula, here you’ll find various workshops, courses and guided tours that focus on the emancipation of slaves.
NOTE: The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
”Tula The Revolt”
The movie ‘Tula The Revolt’ highlights the role of slave rebellion leader Tula in the emancipation of slaves on Curacao. Tula was one of the few who dared to stand up against his Dutch oppressors. The movie gives insights of his hopes, fears and faith. Today, Tula is considered a hero and without a doubt one of the bravest men to live on Curacaoan soil.
To honor the leader of the slave revolt in 1795 a monument of Tula can be found near the Holiday Beach Hotel. On August 17, 1795 Tula led about 50 slaves from the Knip plantation to fight for freedom. Unfortunately, his crew was betrayed which led to an inevitable fate. On October 3, 1795 Tula was publicly tortured to death and his followers were all executed.
Adjacent to the Mikve Israel Emanuel Synagogue, a synagogue with 350 years of history and the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, you’ll find the Jewish Cultural Museum displaying historic artifacts and antiques of the Jewish culture, history and religion.
NOTE: The entrance fee is $10 and the opening hours are between 9:00am and 4:30 pm.