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“Don't rush your visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kura Hulanda Museum

Kura Hulanda Museum
Klipstraat 9, Willemstad, Curacao
5999 434 7765
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Ranked #9 of 78 things to do in Willemstad
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Owner description: Exhibits trace Curaçaoans African roots and the legacy of the slave trade in the region.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Don't rush your visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This was a very interesting museum and has some really good exhibits which are well laid out and informative about black culture, the slave trade and also the civil rights movement in the US. If you like history then give yourself a couple of hours so that you can read through the information and get round all the exhibits. The museum itself isn't massive but there are a number of rooms to go through located round a central courtyard as well as another courtyard with some sculptures.

After the museum, there is also an enclosed square that you can go to for a cup of coffee, drink or snack which forms part of the Kura Hulanda hotel which is very pleasant.

Visited January 2013
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

It was a lot bigger than we initially thought it would be. Very interesting and had a lot of cool artifacts dating back to BC era.

Visited January 2013
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“Best slavery-museum to date”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Interesting and honest telling of Curacao's slavery history. Placed in the city centre, this museum is close to everything else. So go! It tells the cruel history accurately, without other museums' tendency to saying "all whites are evil". Beautifully restored buildings!

Visited February 2012
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Charlotte NC
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“A real gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

At the entrance to the Kura Hulanda Hotel complex in Otrobanda, is this delectable museum. The hotel is actually a sprawling complex of pastel colored 1-2 story buildings with individual rooms, courtyards, beautiful alleys and a feeling of overall class and relaxation amidst some stunning island-Dutch architecture. The restoration and the museum are the labors of love of one person Mr. Jacob Dekker. I had my two teenagers with me and thought we'd spend a max of an hour with difficulty but the diverse collection was so impressive and interesting even to them that we ended up spending 2 hours at leisure. You could spend more time if you really spent time reading every artifact. The museum admission is $10 each but you get free tea-coffee at the Courtyard restaurant which is a great way to end the tour. You start in a rather small and poorly stocked gift shop but then enter the Lands of Abraham which is a nice collection of near Eastern antiquities. From there you wind your way through a very poignant exhibit on slavery to a section on the African Empires, a separate section devoted to Benin, an eclectic collection of skulls showing the evolution of man etc. In the slavery section, don't miss the downstairs recreated hold of a ship showing the cramped quarters in which slaves were crammed. The entire exhibit is gut wrenching showing the shackles, chains, cuffs used to restrain the slaves in transit. You end in the sculpture garden which is a nice place to sit under a huge banyan tree amidst sculptures from Africa. Don't miss this section. This is one of the best little gems in Willemstad and if you have any interest in history, then it's very worth while spending at least an hour. It also gets you to the KH hotel complex and a quick stroll through there and a cup of coffee in the beautiful courtyard (included with museum admission) makes for a different afternoon from the beaches and water attractions!

Visited December 2012
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“Quite well done, not what I was expecting.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This is a relatively small museum and not exactly what I thought it was going to be. Would still recommend seeing it but don't make it the focus of your trip.

Visited January 2013
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