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.
If you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation in Willemstad. You can click on the museum names for more information.
A landmark worth visiting is Curacao Maritime Museum. It is located within downtown Willemstad. The history of the island is featured in this museum, along with antique nautical charts, models of ships and other artifacts that offer a glimpse back in time. Take a guided tour and walk through the harbor with a guide detailing it's history.
Another landmark worth visiting is Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. It is situated at and located in downtown Willemstad. There are two 18th century buildings that make up the Jewish Historical Museum: the Rabbi's Residence and the "Bath House." Here, visitors will find many artifacts from over 350 years of Jewish life on the island.
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 directly below offers some key facts concerning the available museums in Willemstad.
|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|
If you like to learn about the historical roots of a foreign place, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites during your time in Willemstad.
One popular destination is Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. It can be found at Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and situated 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 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.
Glance through the table below to see sites of historical interest in 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|
|--||2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Willemstad|
|--||1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Willemstad|
|Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue||(599-9) 461-1067||Downtown Willemstad|
|Willemstad Historical District||--||Downtown Willemstad|
Visitors may discover some other worthwhile sites to visit in Willemstad.
If you want to observe the distillery process, you might enjoy a visit to Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo. Surprisingly to many, this distillery is a small factory with an open-air showroom. There are no guides, but visitors are encouraged to walk around and read the hand painted signs that detail the distillation process, watch the employees fill the bottles by hand, and even purchase a few bottles from the gift shop.
The following chart enables you to get more details on other kinds of attractions of interest to vacationers.
|Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo||Distillery||1.7 mi. East of Central Willemstad|
|Monument||0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad|
Bear in mind, Willemstad has other attraction types. For more about other attractions, check out this page.
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