Bone up on your Curacao History at the Maritime Museum
There’s a pretty neat little collection of seafaring artifacts there, along with scale models of old vessels, classic photos, charts and documents highlighting more than 500 years of the island’s maritime history, including, of course, the era of slavery.
Willemstad’s position on a natural harbor and its strategic location in the Caribbean made the town an important center in the slave trade, a central if dark chapter from the island's past. You can trace Curaçao’s 500 years of maritime activity through the museum’s permanent collection of nautical charts and equipment, ship models and oral histories. The institution also conducts harbor tours (reservations required) and has an enlightening exhibition focused on Curaçao’s booming oil industry, which includes a scale model of a refinery.