Willemstad Landmarks

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Willemstad houses all of the island's most important historical attractions within a city structure that mixes modern with colonial European and Dutch trends.  A tour of the town will take you through several buildings which house important pieces of history and culture, speaking to what is and has been valued by locals over the years. 


Curacao Maritime Museum

In case you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. To see full details about each museum, try clicking on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Curacao Maritime Museum. It is located 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

Many travelers also choose to visit Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. It is a part of Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and situated in downtown Willemstad. The Museum is part of the Mikve Israel Emanuel Synagogue,home of the oldest continuously operating Jewish congregation in the Western Hemisphere (since 1651). The Museum displays an impressive collection of religious artifacts from the congregation's history such as Torah scrolls and Hanukkah lamps, as well as antique personal and household items.

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.

The chart right below provides more information on the available museums in Willemstad.

Museums In Willemstad
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
Postal Museum (599 9) 465 80 10 Downtown Willemstad
Tele Museum (599-9) 465-2844 Downtown Willemstad
The Money Museum Yotin Kortá (599-9) 434-5573 Downtown Willemstad

Historical Sites

Fort Nassau

Enjoy discovering the history of the places you visit? If so, you might want to visit some of these historical sites while vacationing in Willemstad.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. It is situated at Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and located within downtown Willemstad. The number of religious relics housed in the two 18th century buildings that make up the museum at Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is astounding. They include a Torah scroll brought to Curacao by the first Jewish settlers, 200-year-old silver trays from Holland used for the smashing of the wine glass during wedding ceremonies, two circumcision chairs that are several centuries old, hand-wrought silver K'tarim, a collection of historic marriage contracts, and more.

Landhuis Brievengat: Landhuis Brievengat is open from 9:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fort Amsterdam: A UNESCO world heritage site, the 1635 Fort Amsterdam is considered to be the most important of the eight forts on Curacao -- perhaps because it actually saw battle, but it could also be that it is well-restored (yet still not the most well-restored on the island), or even that it is set in a popular district of the island and thus gets a lot of foot traffic.

Take a look at this table to learn more about sites of historical interest in Willemstad.

Historic Sites In Willemstad
Name Phone Location
Dutch Reformed Church -- Downtown Willemstad
Fort Amsterdam (599-9) 434-8200 Downtown Willemstad
Fort Nassau (599) 461-3450 0.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Willemstad
Governor's Palace -- Downtown Willemstad
Landhuis Brievengat (599-9) 691-4961 4.4 mi. Northeast of Central Willemstad
Landhuis Groot Kwartier -- 2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Willemstad
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

Travelers will explore some other worthwhile places to visit in this area.

If you want to learn more about the distillery process, consider heading 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 following chart lists more details on other kinds of places of interest to travelers.

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

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