Landmarks on Curacao

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 become more aware of other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Curacao. Just click on each place's name to learn complete information.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Curacao Maritime Museum. It is situated in 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: Hours Monday through Friday are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Saturdays they are closed.

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 provides more details on some museums to choose from on Curacao.

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

If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit one or two of these historical sites while vacationing on Curacao.

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 common landmark for vacationers is Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. It is a part of Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and located within downtown Willemstad. Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is open to visitors on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but is closed on the weekends, during public holidays, and during Jewish festivals.

Landhuis Kenepa Plantation: Within the walls of Landhuis Kenepa Plantation visitors will not fine an antique furniture museum.

View the chart below to see historic sites on the island.

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 worthwhile sites worth visiting on the island.

If you'd like to learn more about the distillery process, you might enjoy visiting 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.

Some of the other kinds of landmarks on the island are shown here:

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Curacao
Name Type Location
Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo Distillery 1.7 mi. East of Central Willemstad
Easy Divers Coral Cliff Attraction Downtown Willemstad
Plaza Andres Bello Monument 0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad
Plaza Brion Monument Downtown Willemstad

Bear in mind, you will find a nice selection of attraction types available too. To get more information on other attractions for Curacao, click here.

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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