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“Meaningful and Poignant Museum---quaint setting in restored historic complex”

Kura Hulanda Museum
Ranked #11 of 109 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.
Reviewed May 5, 2013

The museum is tucked away in a complex worth finding in Otrobanda Willemstad. First find the ferry stop, then look for Gouverneur de Rouville restaurant in brick-red paint---the museum complex is directly behind it with its walkway exiting across from the back side of the restaurant. The complex features the museum, a hotel with villa style rooms, a lovely courtyard with dining, and several restaurants tucked away in a beautifully restored area. Perhaps afterwards stop at Astrolab Observatory restaurant which overlooks the museum sculpture garden.

The museum itself has many tiny outbuildings, each with a designated purpose, sure pique your curiosity. In the lobby/gift shop you can pay ($10 USD), shop for local crafts and sculpture and pick up a map which also serves as a ticket for a free coffee or tea in the exterior courtyard. Some Roman artifacts in the museum date back to 200BC - interesting, but I wasn't sure of the significance to the museum. The building that most graphically depicted the slave trade and what slaves endured was sobering, meaningful and poignant. The sculpture garden displayed clusters of stone carved sculptures - if only it had benches to stop and reflect and process the sensory overload after learning so much about the slave trade. About two hours is plenty of time and you can explore at your own pace. Willemstad shops generally close on Sundays, but the Kura Hurlanda museum remains open daily from 10am until 5pm, so it's a good Sunday excursion.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

It gives you a good overview of the history, slavery en culture during the time. Nice restaurant and guide. A must see Museum.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

This museum impressively exhibits the Slave Trade in its totality, from slave capture in Africa through the relocation and in this current time.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

The artifacts and history are powerful. A unique museum experience that I highly recommend! I almost didn't go in because of the $10 cost, but it was worth every penny.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This museum offers interesting background on the slave trade before it came to the shores of the US. Some of the artifacts really bring home what the men, women & children experienced. Our guide could be difficult to understand due to her accent, but she was more than willing to go into detail.

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