Museum Kurá Hulanda

Where the past looks over our shoulder.

The forced relocation of Africans from Africa to America and the Caribbean by Europeans in the 17th to 19th centuries changed the face of the world forever.

Museum Kurá Hulanda is located right on the harbor in the center of Willemstad, where Dutch entrepreneurs once traded and transhipped enslaved Africans along with other 'trade goods'.

This museum impressively displays the transatlantic slave trade in its entirety, from slave trapping in Africa to the Middle Passage and displacement in the New World.

Museum Kurá Hulanda further displays an extensive collection of artifacts from continental Africa, showing the dynamic vitality and vast empires of West Africa, which are found in the largest collection of African artifacts in the Caribbean.

Our museum has recently expanded its focus to other non-western cultures of the world and now hosts spectacular exhibits of the fertile Crest region in the Middle East, Pre-Columbian Gold of Colombia, Maroon cultures of Suriname, Africans in Brazil, Santeria / Voodoo and much more.

Museum Kurá Hulanda shows that our African and diverse cultural heritage has influenced Curaçao and Caribbean societies to this day.

Initiated and developed by Jacob Gelt Dekker, the Museum Kurá Hulanda opened its doors in April 1999.

A museum about the history of humanity.

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