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Kura Hulanda Museum

Klipstraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
| +599 9 434 7705
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Kurá Hulanda Museum Willemstad  Curaçao
Kura Hulanda Museum Willemstad  Curaçao
The Other Caribbean Willemstad  Curaçao
Kurá Hulanda Museum Willemstad  Curaçao
Kura Hulanda Museum Willemstad  Curaçao
The Other Caribbean Willemstad  Curaçao

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Mon - Fri 9:30am - 3:30pm
Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm

Kurá Hulanda Museum

The Caribbean's most comprehensive museum dedicated to the slave trade and the Middle Passage, Kurá Hulanda (meaning "Dutch courtyard" in Papiamento) is also the region's largest anthropological collection on Africa. Founded by Dutch philanthropist Jacob Gelt Dekker, the museum opened in 1999 and is located on a former slave yard and merchant’s home. The hair-raising Middle Passage section begins outdoors with the replica of slave pillars for public flogging, and continues indoors to showcase Curaçao’s role as the epicenter of the slave trade, along with the tools used to trap, brand, and punish. For an additional $3, master storyteller Yflen Florentina takes you through the museum while sharing gripping tales from Curaçao's darkest historical period.

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about 2 years ago

Kura Hulanda Museum

Curaçao’s rich history dates back more than 5,000 years. This anthropological museum, housed in a collection of 18th- and 19th-century buildings, traces the island's melting pot of cultures, from the indigenous Arawaks to slaves from West Africa brought by the Dutch West India Company. You can spend hours browsing through the photographs, artifacts and fascinating exhibits, such as a re-creation of a slave ship and an old merchant house furnished with pewter pieces, paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters and period antiques.

over 4 years ago

The Other Caribbean

The Ku Klux Klan robes with dried blood on them, the chains and collars, and original bills of sale showing ownership of slaves are a lot to handle at first sight. Other visitors around me look stunned too, not sure how to digest this place. Hundreds of artifacts from Africa, Europe and the Americas line the walls of Kura Hulanda Museum in Curaçao, chronicling European colonization and the slave trade. Part of the luxurious 65-room Hotel Kura Hulanda, it’s not exactly what most people expect when they visit the Caribbean. The hotel and museum were developed by Dutch philanthropist Jacob Gelt Dekker after he purchased a dilapidated 18th century mansion in the UNESCO city of Willemstad. During rehab work, Dekker discovered the site was once a slave trading depot. Deciding to preserve the history, he spent millions of dollars stocking the museum and rebuilding many old homes that now make up the guest rooms. In effect, Kura Hulanda is a village with fine dining restaurants and boutiques lining the cobblestone streets where musicians play jazz clarinet during the warm evenings. A visit here is an unvarnished exploration into the region. The museum is raw and brutal and leaves you emotionally spent. When you exit, there’s a strange dissonance between the horrors within the museum and the outright civility of the hotel. But perhaps that’s the truest lesson in Caribbean history, here at the crossroads of the world's greatest crime against humanity. Photo: http://goo.gl/8yltF