Housed in a former military hospital built in 1853, this museum is a collection of cultural artifacts and artworks from nearly 400 years of island history. It's small but choice, with a sprinkling of historical island artifacts (old musical instruments, vintage furniture, apothecary tools) in period rooms. A wonderful stained-glass map of the Caribbean by artist W. Bogtman dates from 1939. But it's the work of the island's impressive lineup of contemporary artists that truly dazzles. The old landhuis rooms and gardens make a gracious showcase for the tender but muscular limestone figures of Hortence Brouwn and the ingenious scrapheap sculptures of Yubi Kirindongo, just two of the local artists represented here.
The Curaçao Museum
Van Leeuwenhoekstraat z/n, Willemstad
Our Rating Neighborhood Otrobanda Hours Tues–Fri 8:30am–3:30pm; Sat, Sun 10am–4pm Phone 599/9/462-3873 Prices $5.50 adults, $3 ages 6–12 Web site The Curaçao Museum
MapVan Leeuwenhoekstraat z/n, Willemstad Curacao
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