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. 

Museums

Curacao Maritime Museum

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.

Attractions Map

Another landmark worth visiting is Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. It is situated at Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Willemstad
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, Willemstad has other attraction types. For more about other attractions, check out this page.

 

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