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Curacao Sights

Maritime Museum

  • Van der Brandhofstraat 7 Map It
  • Scharloo

Updated 03/13/2015

Fodor's Review

The museum—designed to resemble the interior of a ship—gives you a sense of Curaçao's maritime history that spans some 500 years using model ships, historic maps, nautical charts, navigational equipment, and audiovisual displays. Topics explored in the exhibits include the development of Willemstad as a trading city, Curaçao's role as a contraband hub, the remains of De Alphen (a Dutch marine freighter that exploded and sank in St. Anna Bay in 1778 and was excavated in 1984), the slave trade, the development of steam navigation, and the role of the Dutch navy on the island. The museum also offers a two-hour guided tour (Wednesday and Saturday, 1 pm) on its "water bus" through Curaçao's harbor—a route familiar to traders, smugglers, and pirates. The museum is wheelchair accessible. Bar/restaurant Sails on-site open for lunch.

Sight Information

Address:

Van der Brandhofstraat 7, Willemstad, Curaçao

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Phone:

5999-465–2327

Sight Details:

  • Museum $6, museum and harbor tour $9
  • Tues.–Sat. 9–4 (also Sun. and Mon. during cruise season Nov.–Apr.)

Updated 03/13/2015

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