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A Local Docent Brings the "Museum" Alive!

If you're going to take the time to stop at the Curacao Museum, use a local docent. The former... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
James D
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Houston, Texas
Curacao Museum--interesting piece of local history

An excellent guide brought the place alive, from how it served early as a military hospital to how... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2019
EriknCheryl2017
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Reviewed January 4, 2019

I walked from Pietermaai to the museum which was a long way. It is past the hospital. Thankfully I met a local who could tell me where to go as the road signage is very limited. It was interesting to see the old building and I enjoyed the two rooms of antique furniture. Some art work of local painters added to the interest of the place. If you have a car or you are on a tour this would be a stop to glimpse at the colonial Dutch life. However as museums go I had expected a full history of Curacao and this was not available at this museum.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gerry D
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Reviewed January 4, 2019

I enjoyed the museum but I do understand some of the reviews that were not very flattering. If you go here on your own and do a self guided tour, you will get little out of going here. The island has a total population of only 160,000. The purpose of the museum is to preserve their past history and culture. If you wish to "judge" the museum compare it to a small cultural exhibit maintained but a town or country somewhere. Like that type of exhibit you need a local docent to show you around and speaking to the life at the time. Walking in off the street cold and walking around you'll never understand or appreciate what you are seeing

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jeb1217
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

This museum housed in an old hospital shows how life was in the 1800's on the island. It was one of the stops we made during our tour of the island from the cruise ship and was very informative. Don't miss the Carillion bells in the back of the building. You will want a tour or a guide to walk you through, and don't miss the beautiful woodwork of the furniture in the building. Restrooms are out back and are a bit primitive.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Collin223
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

A former military hospital built in 1853 now turned into a museum, it is the oldest continuously operated museum on the island, opening in 1948. There are a lot of nice furniture pieces from the era as well as art work. The building is not air conditioned and I would suspect the art will deteriorate more quickly as a result. A very nice carillon was installed in 1953 but the weight on the roof is beginning to damage the structure.

The most moving piece I saw there was a self-portrait by Edgar Fernhout from 1943, it looks like a photo but it's a painting. Amazing.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Guy A
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

This museum has alot to offer but you must have a tour guide or museum guide with you to understand what you are looking at. You will not and cannot understand the history if someone is not with you to tell you the stories/history.
If you want to know the history of our island, please come and see this museum.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bridgetmerker
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