Kura Hulanda Museum, Willemstad

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Examine the anthropological exhibitions at the important Kura Hulanda Museum, which focuses on the origins of man, the African slave trade, and West African empires, among other subjects. Situated on the site of a former slave yard, the emotionally testing museum recounts a brutal history and illuminates humanity’s capacity for violence and exploitation. You’ll have the chance to inspect letters, drawings, and other artifacts from the era, giving you a direct perspective on a bygone era. Consider hiring a tour guide at a small extra charge to get an in-depth explanation of the exhibits. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kura Hulanda Museum by using our Willemstad visit planner.
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  • This museum deals with the rise of man in Africa, West African civilization, and the slave trade. It is well presented with materials in both Dutch and English. It is a remarkable spot. We highly reco...  more »
  • We have taken the tour where a friendly guide showed us all of the museum. They took the time for her guests, what we very appreciated but not by everyone in the group. The slave museum is part of a total collection of this museum. A nice must do for when you're in Willemstad. Outside you can sit out on the terrace afterwards.
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  • This was the highlight of our Princess cruise-day visit to Curacao, yet, oddly enough, this museum is not even mentioned in the Princess Cruise info about what to see in Willemstad. It's not even on t...  more »
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  • I️ was very impressed with the museum, the journey you’ll take as you travel through it and very important areas of Africa leading up to and during the slave trade. The artifacts and the way they were presented were on point and brought to life what it meant to live as an African during that despicable period. It’s sad to view the slaveAs an African-American who has visited several museums with displays of the slave trade and the trans-oceanic journey of my forefathers this is museum rates a ten on a scale of 1 to 10. Our guide Ms. Yflen was very knowledgeable and encouraged her ‘guests’ the tour group to ask questions and immerse ourselves in the journey. She took her time to highlight the very important displays along the journey. Keep up the good work in presenting this important story of African and their descendants in the brutal Western Hemisphere to those of us without the history.
  • Great museum. Everything there is to know of slaves, slave trade, slave traders and the countries involved. Definitely worth a visit
  • Great history of the African slave trade. The depiction of the slave ship was emotional as it clearly depicted how the slaves were packed onto the ships.
  • Probably one of the most detailed museums I have been to on slavery. Lots of original items - very sad. However, it provides a very informative history lesson. The place is very small but worth stopping in to see.
  • This is an absolute "must see" museum in the southern Caribbean! My wife and I were blown away by the breadth of exhibits and artifacts from over 2000 years ago that chronicle African and Middle Eastern history. The museum pieces rival, on a smaller scale of course, the collections of the great European museums that we have visited. Everything from cuneiform to Roman glass to slave trade iron chains can be seen up close. The videos and explanation plaques were presented in several languages detailing exactly what we were examining. Plan on spending at least three hours exploring the exhibits that are located in several original slave holding cells and a merchant's home. The fee of only 10 U.S. dollars per person was well worth it.
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