Discover the Historical and Artistic Riches of Het Curaçaosch Museum

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When visiting the beautiful island of Curaçao, one cannot miss the opportunity to explore its oldest museum, Het Curaçaosch Museum. Located in the former Quarantine Hospital, this fascinating museum offers a unique blend of history and art, providing a captivating experience for all visitors.

The Unique History of Het Curaçaosch Museum

From Quarantine Hospital to Museum

Het Curaçaosch Museum is housed in a building with a rich history. Originally constructed in 1853, it served as a hospital for the Dutch Navy, treating patients with yellow fever a dangerous disease caused by mosquitoes. The transformation from hospital to museum began in 1948, thanks to the efforts of Chris Engels and his father-in-law, Rudolf Boskaljon. Recognizing the need for a cultural institution on the island, they established the museum, with Engels serving as chairman, director, and curator for over thirty years.

An Artistic Journey Through Time

Diverse Collections

The museum’s collection is divided across different areas, including the main building, the sculpture garden, and the SNIP gallery. Visitors can admire an array of exhibits featuring textiles, glassware, and antique furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also boasts an impressive array of artwork from both local and international artists such as Carel Willink, Han van Meegeren, Corneille, Edgar Fernhout, Isaac Israëls, Charley Toorop, Jan Sluijters, José Maria Capricorne, Yubi Kirindongo, and Hipolito Ocalia.

Exploring Artistic Movements

At Het Curaçaosch Museum, you will encounter a variety of art movements, including Fauvism, Expressionism, Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), Impressionism, the Cobra movement, and Magical Realism. Each movement is represented through a range of paintings, drawings, etchings, and sculptures, offering a comprehensive overview of the evolution of art over the centuries.

Must-See Highlights

The Sculpture Garden and SNIP Gallery

The museum’s sculpture garden is a peaceful oasis where visitors can enjoy outdoor sculptures set against the backdrop of lush greenery. The SNIP gallery, named after the first KLM plane to fly from Amsterdam to Curaçao, features rotating exhibitions that highlight different aspects of the museum’s extensive collection.

The ‘Con Artist’ Painting

Among the museum’s many treasures is a painting by an infamous ‘con artist.’ This intriguing piece adds an element of mystery and fascination, reflecting the diverse and sometimes surprising nature of the museum’s collection.

Plan Your Visit

Het Curaçaosch Museum is more than just a museum—it’s a journey through time, offering insights into the cultural and artistic heritage of Curaçao. Whether you are an art enthusiast, history buff, or simply looking for a unique experience, Het Curaçaosch Museum is a must-visit destination.

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