The roots of the Jewish community of Curacao lie in Spain and Portugal. After having fled the Spanish inquisition in 1492 they ended up in Curaçao after wandering through the Netherlands and Brazil.


This small cube consists of synthetic indigo or "blous". In the late 17th and early 18th century, Curaçao had a flourishing indigo industry.

Obra di arte

This work of art was made by the Curaçaoan artist Philippe Zanolino, who used pieces of glass that washed ashore on the beaches of Curaçao.


The "benta" was used for a musical genre called "muzik di zumbi". The word "zumbi" probably hails from the Ubundu people in Angola, where it means ‘spirit’.

Her’i strika

Until well into the 20th century clothing irons were used to straighten hair in Curaçao. In that period straight hair was the beauty ideal on the island.


KLM Airlines launched this collector’s item in 2004, to mark the 70th anniversary of the airlift between Amsterdam and Curaçao.

Bala di beisbòl

Amazingly, this small island has the most big league players per capita of any country in the world.


This corn pestle was found on the former plantation of landhouse Girouette. It possibly shows a glimpse of what everyday life on the Curaçao plantations must have been like.

Ka’i orgel

This wooden object with nails in it is the ‘music roll’ of a "ka’i òrgel", a typical Curaçaoan musical instrument that looks like a combination between a cilinder piano and an organ.


The special thing about this doll is that it has been baptized. It also has a name, a godfather and a godmother. The tradition of baptizing dolls shows that in Curaçao foreign influences develop their own characteristics over time.