Kura Hulanda Museum
Klipstraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
Mon - Fri 9:30am - 3:30pm
Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm
Kura Hulanda MuseumThe core focus of this museum, one of the most fascinating in the Caribbean, is the slave trade. For Americans who may think of slavery mostly in the context of the South, a visit can serve as a reminder that the Atlantic slave trade touched many countries, on both sides of the ocean. Maps, drawings, and other artifacts, as well as the reconstructed hold of a slave ship, trace its history in Brazil, the Caribbean, and, yes, the United States too. The Kura Hulanda Museum also covers the civilizations where slaves came from, with many pieces (though some are reproductions) from West Africa. The experience of a visit can be disorienting as you jump from a British naval chart, to illustrations of Brazilian slaves, and then to a Ku Klux Klan robe, made all the more powerful by its tears and stains. The garment was clearly used frequently—displaying it unrestored, ane even uncleaned, rather than under glass helps bring to life the reality of slavery and its lasting impacts.