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Address: N. van den Brandhofstraat 1, Willemstad, Curacao
Phone Number:
+599 9 465 2327
09:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

Opened in 1999 as one of many projects undertaken to commemorate Curaçao’s...

Opened in 1999 as one of many projects undertaken to commemorate Curaçao’s 500th anniversary in 1999.

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Good island history review with maritime emphasis

The history of Curacao is intimately connected with the sea with the reason for the importance of Willemstad being it’s excellent natural harbour. The maritime museum does a very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not a big museum fanatic, but I do enjoy history. This museum has some very interesting pieces to show much of Curacao's history. I did the Harbourtour as well, and was the only person who required the tour in English. They were extremely accommodating to that, and made sure to spend an equal amount of time explaining the tour... More 

Thank Chris E
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history of Curacao is intimately connected with the sea with the reason for the importance of Willemstad being it’s excellent natural harbour. The maritime museum does a very good job of highlighting this. There are many displays with both English and Dutch explanations. Many of the exhibits are from the Golden age of sail. Included is a 25-minute film... More 

Thank FunOnly
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

I stopped by here on my last visit with family. It's a definite must-see for me. The museum has all kinds of things about the oceans, about finding Curacao, and there is a little film that really tellls you a lot about the history of the island. Going upstairs has more modern information, and is a really neat way for... More 

Thank Lorettac277
Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Stopped by this museum out of curiosity but afterwards I felt like it was wasted time and money. The staff members were extremely friendly and accommodating. However, I felt that the museum was only interesting as far as the first level. The movie viewing on the lower level was interesting but the picture quality wasn't great. The second floor did... More 

Thank Celeste B
Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

This museum is easily found across from the floating market. It is not very expensive, air conditioned and well worth a visit. As other Trip Advisor reviews have pointed out, the exhibits are poorly labeled (only in Dutch in many cases), too low and or very poorly lite. Nonetheless, still recommend a visit to get a good overview of the... More 

Thank ch_hatch
Alstonville, Australia
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

A very interesting history of Curacao with wide range of exhibits covering not just maritime history but slavery and oil industry. Good video and audio exhibits

Thank Dunccars
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Some interesting details about Curacao's maritime history on display and some interesting exhibits. Worth a visit if you like museums. Nice picturesque area too.

Thank AndreToronto
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Nice Maritime Museum covering the nautical history of the region and the Maritime Industry of Curaçao. Special exhibit on the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and local militia.

Thank George G
Rockville, Maryland
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

We learned much about the history and present about Curacao during the visit. A very short walk from downtown Willemstad and cruise ships. While it does have a few issues, the building and displays are excellent. Some of the signs are illegible due to lighting levels. The excellent display on the current presence of the Dutch military is weakened by... More 

Thank Charley44
Russellville, Arkansas
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

The museum is in a beautifully restored estate and is easy to walk to from the shops and restaurants in downtown Willemstad. The exhibits are professionally designed and flow chronologically from left-to-right within the museum. If you have the time, watch the 20-minute documentary that provides context to the exhibits and the history of Curacao in general. The size of... More 

Thank James E

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