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Jewish Cultural Historical Museum

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Address: Hanchi Snoa 29 | Punda, Willemstad, Curacao
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Historic synagogue

The first synagogue in the Caribbean (maybe the New World- can't recall) Love the symbolic sand floor. Museum just OK. Exhibits a bit cramped. Attended a good concert in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The first synagogue in the Caribbean (maybe the New World- can't recall) Love the symbolic sand floor. Museum just OK. Exhibits a bit cramped. Attended a good concert in the synagogue.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our recent cruise we had one day in Curacao, and one of the excellent things we did was visit the Mikveh Israel Emanuel Synagogue and this museum. This synagogue is the oldest, continually used synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, consecrated in 1732, and it actually has a sand floor! The museum was excellent, but the best part was learning... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this museum to be very interesting. There were exhibits explaining the history of Curacao & the importance of the Jewish Community on this island.There were exhibits that refer back to the Dutch heritage & the original roots of the community back to the Spanish Inquisition & expulsion of the Jews from Spain & Portugal. It was well worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see place. I'm not Jewish and I found this museum very interesting. Being brought up Catholic I took my hat off when I went into the synagogue and was immediately reminded that you keep your hat on.

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Thank bradturbes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must see if you are interested in history; (especially if you are Jewish). The Synagogue and museum are well preserved and maintained.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the home of the first Jewish congregation in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1674. The current building is purportedly the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, originally built in 1732. It is now a living museum and cultural center. Once home to a large Jewish community, the Jewish population has shrunk significantly. Instead of abandoning its heritage, they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful old historical structure with history of Jewish community from 16th century. Attached to old sand synagogue.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

I am not Jewish but I found both the synagogue and the museum well worth the entrance fee. The synagogue has a sand floor, which surprised me. It is made of quite a bit of mahogany too. The museum is only four rooms but it is packed with history and appropriate memorabilia -- especially given the age in which we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Fabulous Tour of the Jewish Community! Be ready to walk and bring a beverage...she stops at the cemetery and it gets pretty hot. She does NOT provide water like the other tours. She is truly a Do NOT Miss!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

If you are going into town, spend a few minutes to see some history. It is not a typical synagogue like you will see elsewhere. It was amazing to see sand as the floor of the synagogue and read why in the history. The museum has some very old artifacts that are worth seeing and will not take you hours... More 

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