Curacao Landmarks

Landmarks on Curacao seem to be never ending

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Experiencing history on Curacao is as simple as strolling through downtown Willemstad, and taking in the Dutch-style buildings that have been in place for hundreds of years.

There are over eight hundred restored historic homes, buildings, monuments, and more throughout the island waiting to be explored. Listed below are just a few of the most popular.

Museums

Curacao Maritime Museum

In case you like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name for full details.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Curacao Maritime Museum. It is located within downtown Willemstad. Aside from the permanent display that details the maritime history of the island, the guided tours are available Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm. A demonstrative exhibit about the history of oil refining on this island shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1pm and features a working miniature oil refinery.

Attractions Map

Curacao Museum: The Curacao Museum is fittingly located in a colonial-style building in Western Otrobanda. Inside, visitors will find exhibits that touch on the geological history of the island, pre-Colombian artifacts, details about the time after the abolition of slavery, antiques, paintings, and a display of the traditional plantation kitchen.

Kura Hulanda Museum: This privately funded cultural museum has a vast quantity of African artifacts. Anthropology is the focus of this museum and the collections catalog the origins of man in great detail, with a lot of focus on the slave trade era.

The table below has a few details concerning some museums worth checking out on the island.

Museums On Curacao
Name Phone Location
Country House Museum (599-9) 864-2742 Willemstad
Curacao Maritime Museum (599) 465-2327 Downtown Willemstad
Curacao Museum 599/9-462-3873 0.8 mi. Northwest of Downtown Willemstad
Fort Church Museum 599-9-461-1139 Downtown Willemstad
Jewish Cultural Historical Museum (599-9) 461-1633 Downtown Willemstad
Kura Hulanda Museum (999) 434-7700 Downtown Willemstad
Landhuis Ascension 599-9-864-2892 3.8 mi. North of Central St. Willibrordus
Postal Museum (599 9) 465 80 10 Downtown Willemstad
Savonet Museum 599-9-864-0363 3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Lagun
Tele Museum (599-9) 465-2844 Downtown Willemstad
The Money Museum Yotin Kortá (599-9) 434-5573 Downtown Willemstad
Tula Museum (599-9) 864-0244 1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Lagun

Historical Sites

Fort Nassau

Like discovering the history of foreign countries? If that's the case, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions during your vacation.

Landhuis Brievengat: Landhuis Brievengat was built around the middle of the 18th century, and was one of the largest plantations on the island. In 1877 the home was destroyed in a hurricane, but the National Trust restored it to its former glory, and now it stands as a history museum.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. It can be found at Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and located in downtown Willemstad. Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is a Jewish synagogue on Curacao that also plays a large part in promoting the history of Jewish culture on the island. Not only does this site host regular worship services, but there is also a museum, and guests are allowed to tour the grounds to learn more.

Landhuis Kenepa Plantation: Landhuis Kenepa Plantation is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Check the following chart for more information on sites of historical interest on Curacao.

Historic Sites On Curacao
Name Phone Location
Dutch Reformed Church -- Downtown Willemstad
Fort Amsterdam (599-9) 434-8200 Downtown Willemstad
Fort Beekenburg -- 5.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Fort Nassau (599) 461-3450 0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Willemstad
Governor's Palace -- Downtown Willemstad
Landhuis Brievengat (599-9) 691-4961 The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao
Landhuis Groot Kwartier -- The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao
Landhuis Kenepa Plantation (599-9) 864-0244 1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Lagun
Landhuis Zeelandia -- 1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Willemstad
Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue (599-9) 461-1067 Downtown Willemstad
Waterfort -- Downtown Willemstad
Willemstad Historical District -- Downtown Willemstad

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo

Visitors can experience some other interesting local attractions on the island.

If you want to observe the distillery process, you might enjoy a visit to Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo. Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo is known for producing the "Curacao of Curacao" liqueur which is made from the peels of the bitter Laraha orange. Visitors are welcome to tour the grounds and see just exactly how the liqueur is made.

The chart directly below offers a few details regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Curacao
Name Type Location
Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo Distillery 1.7 mi. East of Central Willemstad
Plaza Brion Monument Downtown Willemstad

Luckily, Curacao offers additional attraction types. Navigate here to find our guide to other interesting attractions for Curacao.

Military Landmarks

Standing guard over Curacao is Fort Amsterdam, which was once the center of island life. The structure dates back to the 18th century, and now houses government office buildings, the Governor's Palace, and the Dutch Reformed Church (which features a cannonball embedded in the wall).

To protect the island in case Fort Amsterdam didn't hold, Fort Nassau was built on a hill overlooking St. Anna Bay. There are 14 cannons on site, as well as the stone structure to explore.

In Willemstad, there is a square named for Manuel Piar, who fought for independence from Venezuela. Waterfort is located at one end of the square. This small fort was built to defend Willemstad in the early 19th century, and today the original cannons still stand in position.

With so many sites to see, it will take a little pre-trip planning to make sure you see all that you want to see during your trip to Curacao. Regardless of what you put on your list, each attractions offers a piece of history and culture of the island for you to take home with you.

 

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