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

Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Willemstad. To see full details regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

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

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. It can be found at Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and found within downtown Willemstad. They are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 following chart provides more information about some museums to choose from in the area.

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

Do you like learning some of the history of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions while on vacation in Willemstad.

A common landmark for vacationers is Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. It is found within Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and located in 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 Brievengat: Landhuis Brievengat is open from 9:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fort Amsterdam: Fort Amsterdam houses the United Protestant Church, the Ministry, the Governor's residence, several government offices, and a small museums. One point of note is the southwest wall, where a cannon ball fired by Captain Blight's troops is located.

Look through this table to read more about historic sites 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 may explore some other intriguing sites in Willemstad.

If you'd like to learn more about the distillery process, you might enjoy visiting 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 offers a few details concerning other kinds of sites 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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