Kurá Hulanda Museum#12 in Best Things To Do in Curacao
Located in the home of a 19th-century merchant and slave owner, the Kurá Hulanda Museum traces the history of the African slave trade on Curaçao. Using 18th-century artifacts and scale models to weave its tale, this museum delves into an ugly era in Curaçao's past with a deft hand. Along with exhibits about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the museum features collections of pre-Columbian gold, Mesopotamian relics and Antillean art.
Recent visitors stressed this is not a light-hearted activity, with many leaving the museum feeling somber but humbled by what they learned. Despite the disturbing subject matter, many travelers highly recommend a visit, with some saying they wished they received this kind of history lesson in school. Some suggested paying extra for the guided tour.
The Kurá Hulanda Museum is located in Otrobanda in the same complex as the Hotel Kurá Hulanda Spa and Casino. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Adults may visit the museum for $10, while children 12 and younger enter for $7. Audio tours and a guide can also be arranged for additional fees (call ahead to make sure an English-speaking guide is available the day of your visit). For more information, visit the Kurá Hulanda Museum's website.
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#1 Scuba Diving
If you really want to see some of Curaçao's best sights, you're going to have to get your hair wet. A fascinating world of delicate coral gardens, graceful stingrays, playful dolphins and even sunken ships awaits you in the depths of the Caribbean. The best way to explore it is with a plastic mask strapped to your face and an oxygen tank strapped to your back.
Many of Curaçao's specified dive sites are accessible directly from the beach – try Porto Mari or Blauwbaai – while others must be reached by boat. The enormous star coral formations of the Mushroom Forest are a must-see; afterward, you can take a breather in the sapphire light of the nearby Blue Room cave. You can also explore the coral-encrusted remains of the Superior Producer, a cargo freighter that went down in 1977.
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