Kura Hulanda Museum

Kura Hulanda Museum, Willemstad: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Kura Hulanda Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Kura Hulanda Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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Exhibits trace Curaçaoans African roots and the legacy of the slave trade in the region.
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BrooklynTrekker
Brooklyn, NY73 contributions
Missing the history of slavery in Curacao
Jul 2021
Visiting this museum, one might reasonably ask why it is in Curacao. It has a hall of Middle Eastern history, and another hall of African history. Then one finds its slavery exhibits deal almost exclusively with the African trade, slavery in the American south, and abolition, civil war, reconstruction and racism in the United States. There is literally nothing about Curacao's role in the slave trade.

As compelling as the exhibits are (and some are pretty wrenching), it was strange to visit a museum billed as explaining the history of slavery built on the site of transient slave quarters, with no mention of the history of its own building.
Written July 12, 2021
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Tomiwa
30 contributions
Nice short tour
Made a quick stop here for a tour. Lots of interesting facts, unfortunately was pressed for time so couldn’t do a full In-depth tour.
Written May 29, 2021
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David Marino
La Jolla, CA460 contributions
Must do!
I learned more about the history of the slave industry in one hour at this museum that I did in my entire prior educational experience. This is a it’s spinning Museum that documents to beginning of the slave trade and the involvement of the Dutch in it from the 1500s forward. The amount of physical archives are unprecedented with any museum I’ve ever seen. It is absolutely appropriate families families and for anyone interested in the truth around the enslavement of African communities from the 1400s forward. I just don’t know how you could have other than an excellent experience here. While there are a number of archives and stories that could make people uncomfortable, this is the hard reality of what happened and everyone needs to know it.
Written March 8, 2021
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Rob C
New York City, NY611 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Jan 2021 • Couples
Well designed informative museum focused on the slave trade in Curaçao, which was a transit point and supplier of slave labor to the Americas. The original water tap for slaves and the leg irons used to shackle slaves on board ships transporting them from Africa to the Caribbean graphically demonstrate the inhumanity of the slave trade. A valuable and necessary reality check for visitors otherwise enjoying the beaches and breezes of the island.
Written February 5, 2021
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Jessica G
Nijmegen, The Netherlands54 contributions
Not to miss museum
Oct 2020 • Couples
We took a guided tour and were very impressed by the stories told. Makes you realise how important it is to never forget about this part of our history.
Written October 31, 2020
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Giel1985
Nijmegen, The Netherlands83 contributions
Impressive
Oct 2020 • Couples
Really interesting and impressive place, very much worth your time when visiting Curaçao. The guided tour option is highly recommendable. Food for thought!
Written October 31, 2020
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Patrick B
Maastricht, The Netherlands615 contributions
Mixed impressions
Oct 2020 • Couples
This museum is a must-go for those who have never really dived into the history of slave trade and the issue of decolonisation. But for those who have, there is not much new to learn. The exhibition is a bit messy at times - lots of artefacts, at times confusing text. This is a shame because some of the things on view are interesting/shocking.
Written October 2, 2020
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adammmiles
1 contribution
One of the most important experiences one can have
Sep 2019 • Family
I knew this museum had exhibits about Africa, the slave trade, and the legacy of racism, but I was unprepared for the sheer, visceral enormity of the experience. From the reconstruction of the cramped middle passage hold to the torturous implements of captivity, I was horrified anew in a way that no book or film could ever impart. And then, you turn the corner, and there is a Klan robe and hood, standing ominously in an exhibit detailing the generations of oppression and brutality that still stain our global consciousness. Funny that I had to leave the United States for such a profound examination of our collective legacy of systemic racism, one that we're still reckoning with today. Curaçao is a beautiful country with lovely people and many comforts and delights, but if you visit, you owe it to yourself to spend a few hours at Kura Hulanda, confronting an uncomfortable past that in so many ways informs our present.
Written August 20, 2020
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Moshe
New Brunswick, NJ6 contributions
Heart wrenching ing but important
Mar 2020
Why go to a museum focused on the inhumanity of the trans-Atlantic slave trade? To understand a place beyond being just a vacation consumer and relating in a human and meaningful way to the culture and people you have to learn at least a little of the history- and this museum tells the whole story. Seeing leg irons and instruments of slavery and torment, the shacks of slaves, the narrow berths of the horrific middle passage and the manifests of slave ships and markets is to begin to understand the agony and reality-- and to make Curacao's experience as a diverse community all the more amazing. Not to be missed-- but not for kids. Lots of reading involved-- to do this right you need a couple of hours but it's worth it.
Written March 6, 2020
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sandbeachandsun
Dousman, Wisconsin84 contributions
Amazing Artifacts and History of Slavery
Feb 2020
We had a bit of trouble finding this museum, but were certainly glad we did! An impressive collection of BC artifacts can be seen here. We were truly blown away by the many ancient artifacts found at this museum! We also found the exhibits on slavery to be very moving. We find it very important to learn about the history of the islands we visit and found this museum to be very enlightening. The lady who checked us in was very friendly and attentive. While there we noticed that the building that housed the history of slavery in the United States was not air conditioned. It appears the air conditioner is in need of repair. It did not bother us that it was quite warm in this building; however, it was sad to see the artifacts in this area not being protected.
Written March 6, 2020
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