Landmarks in Willemstad

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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 like to learn about other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. Try clicking on the name of each museum to see additional information.

One popular destination is Curacao Maritime Museum. It is located within downtown Willemstad. The museum is open from 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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Another landmark worth visiting is Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. It can be found at Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and located within downtown Willemstad. There are two 17th 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: The Curacao Museum is fittingly located in a colonial-style building in Western Otrobanda. Inside, visitors will find exhibits that touch on the geological history of the island, pre-Colombian artifacts, details about the time after the abolition of slavery, antiques, paintings, and a display of the traditional plantation kitchen.

The following chart provides you with some key facts concerning some museums to choose from 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

Like exploring the history of foreign countries? If so, you might want to visit one or two of these historical attractions during your vacation.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. It is situated 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: 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.

Take a moment to read the following table for information concerning 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

Landhuis Chobolobo Country Mansion

Vacationers will experience some other interesting sites worth visiting in this area.

If you're intrigued by the distillery process, consider heading to Landhuis Chobolobo Country Mansion. Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following table provides you with a few details concerning other kinds of attractions of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Willemstad
Name Type Location
Landhuis Chobolobo Country Mansion Distillery 1.7 mi. East of Central Willemstad
Plaza Brion Monument Downtown Willemstad

Bear in mind that you'll find some other kinds attractions available. Visit this page dedicated to even more attractions if you want to find some more specifics.


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