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“Amazing for slave history in an historic environment”

Kura Hulanda Museum
Ranked #11 of 111 things to do in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Exhibits trace Curaçaoans African roots and the legacy of the slave trade in the region.
Reviewed January 29, 2014

My hubby found this place and while our teens went back to the cruise ship we visited on a hot afternoon. May different rooms off a central courtyard. You can feel the history seeping out of the stones underfoot.
After seeing the many photos, implements and artifacts relating to the slave history of the Caribbean it really made me want to learn more. (Since then I have read books and seen 12 years as a Slave etc).
While there is even an Egyptian room I believe, it was the slave history that we found fascinating. Didn't take a tour, but could have been a good idea. Felt value was great.

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Reviewed January 29, 2014

A depressing, but important part of the history of slavery. Learned some facts I did not know before.

Thank Mona K
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

The museum houses an interesting collection of Black History items on the island, from Africa and from the civil rights movement. Tour was over two hours, thought I was going to faint in the heat. Unless you know nothing at all about the history of slavery skip the tour guide. The explanations were excruciatingly slow and quite biased. Considered walking out on the tour but the chap seemed so invested in doing the tour that we stayed as an act of charity.

Thank Greenka2014
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

An impressive collection of artifacts and art related to the history of slavery and the Dutch Antilles. This alone made stopping in Wiilemstad worthwhile

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Part of larger complex including hotel and restaurants (which themselves have a checkered history - search 'Kura Hulanda' on curacaochronicle.com), the museum is the centrepiece of a neighbourhood renovation by entrepreneur Jacob Gelt Dekker. The museum has that feel of being the creation of a single individual: you'll wonder at times if you wandered into the wrong museum with the Mesopotamian artifacts and a Charles Darwin (!) section, but since just about everyone calls it the slavery museum, you will quickly find that central and dramatic focus of the collection. Still not sure though that the way Malcolm X and MLK have been combined would have pleased either man, and how exactly were the Ku Klux Klan hoods obtained?
We did not find the tour guide to be as useful as others have - perhaps you need to make the tour very interactive to derive the greatest benefit.

Thank capeporpoise2
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