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Address: N. van den Brandhofstraat 1, Willemstad, Curacao
Phone Number:
+599 9 465 2327
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

Opened in 1999 as one of many projects undertaken to commemorate Curaçao’s...

Opened in 1999 as one of many projects undertaken to commemorate Curaçao’s 500th anniversary in 1999.

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Smaller but nicely presented

Good overview of Curacao's history which is, as an island, mostly maritime. Good displays and a well presented 25 minute documentary about the island. Interesting third-floor... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Russellville, Arkansas
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is in a beautifully restored estate and is easy to walk to from the shops and restaurants in downtown Willemstad. The exhibits are professionally designed and flow chronologically from left-to-right within the museum. If you have the time, watch the 20-minute documentary that provides context to the exhibits and the history of Curacao in general. The size of... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A historic re-hab has captured the charm of the building. Nice selection of nautical gear and a fine offering of history a little lite on the actual slave trade, but hey- Curacao has to market itself as friendly to all. As a sailor I appreciated the historical navigation aids and beautiful instruments on display. Helpful staff and lovely bookshop gift... More 

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43 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good overview of Curacao's history which is, as an island, mostly maritime. Good displays and a well presented 25 minute documentary about the island. Interesting third-floor display about the Dutch Navy in the area.

Thank Robert C
Carol Stream, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in ships and/or history, this is a must see. There is a small admittance fee but it is worth the money. There are 2 levels that describe the maritime history of Curacao. All the displays are in English. If you are wilting a bit in the heat, this is a good stop to get some air... More 

Thank Gregory W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

There is lots on the slavery history of this island. A short movie presentation as well as many well thought out exhibits for you to look over. Cost to enter is 6.50 us each.

Thank Dana R
Hazel Grove, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Called here at the end of a nice walking tour round Curacao. Just a convenient drop off point for the guide. If you are into maritime would be worth a visit.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

See Curacao through the eyes of the early seamen and settlers in an airy, ship-like 3-storey presentation. A video explains the sweep of the island's history, including the horrors of the slave trade triangle, up to the present day. Today's Coast Guard has its history on display on the top floor. The museum hostess was especially helpful. The walk to... More 

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Owings Mills, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

When we last in Curacao this Museum was opening with a full fireworks display. Our ship at the time barely went under a nearby bridge. This time I walked to the Museum from our cruise location. I ferried across (free) and walked over a very small drawbridge. The museum comments are in Dutch and English. Though small the museum was... More 

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Ottawa, ON
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We were travelling aboard a cruise ship and opted to take a self guided walking tour which would include a visit to this museum. Walking from the cruiseship dock past the Renaissance hotel/casino then through the old fort we reached the pontoon bridge which we crossed into the main part of the port. Taking an immediate left after the bridge... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Interesting little museum giving you a flavor of why Curacao and Willemstad are important. Some interesting artifacts and a couple of videos. As you make your way up the building the exhibits get newer, finishing with the current navy and coastguard presence on the top floor. Nothing special, nothing amazing, but not a bad little museum to keep out of... More 

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