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Blog 4 – Maritime Museum

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Across the Floating Market, at the corner of the Werfstraat and Van den Brandhofstraat, is a beautiful colonial mansion located. With soft yellow walls, white shutters, the classic dark green windows and ornate plasterwork on the front façade. Perhaps a fancy office or a luxury private residence? But when I come closer, this property appears to have a very special destination. This is the Curacao Maritime Museum.

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Fire
The colonial mansion was built in 1792, but was almost completely destroyed in 1988 by a raging fire. Eventually the entire roof construction, the first floor floor, lot of internal walls up until the attic, the conservatory on the south side with the carvings and all the doors and windows were completely lost.

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Architecture
The Heritage Foundation purchased the property in 1989 and started the renovation of the structure in 1993. In 1995, they started with the actual restauration with the aim to be able to accommodate the Maritime Museum. The recovery is spectacular. The interior is completely designed in marine style, with a walkway, portholes and ship railings. The inner walls were replaced by a steel frame construction with steel beams. This was done in order to minimize the weight on the outer walls and to make a clear distinction between the old construction and the new. For example, the emergency exits were placed, as modern contemporary elements, outside the walls.

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Museum
On December 8 in 1998, the official opening of the Maritime Museum took place. You’ll find an impressive exhibition about 500 years ‘ocean history’ of our island. From the original inhabitants, the Arawak Indians, who around 600 before Christ, reached Curacao from the mainland of South America up until the oil industry in the 20th century. Spanish explorers, the arrival of the W.I.C., the development of the port of Willemstad, the slave trade, smuggling culture and the pirates, the British and French occupation, Curacao’s role in developing freight and cruise tourism, are all aspects of the development and history of Curacao and the sea and are highlighted in this museum.

This museum is not only architecturally interesting, but also from an educational point of view. Every year two thousand children visit the museum from the “School project”. This is a service the museum offers with the help of sponsorship. Furthermore, there is a restaurant named “Sails” on the first floor which offers daily lunch with a beautiful view over the Anna Bay.  On Wednesdays and Saturdays there are guided tours in the museum.

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History
The building which houses the Maritime Museum has a colorful and varied history. Not only has it changed address over the years, it also has had very different destinations. In 1729 Willem Janszoon Vermeulen bought a piece of land belonging to the estate Scharloo and gave the land with the house to his son. In the following century, it functioned as a residence: the house where Admiral Luis Brion died – after whom ‘Brionplein’ in Otrobanda is called and the property is rented to a lodge of freemasons.

After a dentist renovated the property at the end of the 19th century and donated this to his mother-in-law, at the beginning of the 20th century a sanatorium is located here. Later, Hotel Majestic and around 1966 the hotel, which is now called Hotel Venezuela, changed into a nightclub/brothel and receives the name “La Rueda”.

Until that infamous day in 1988… On that day there was an abrupt end to its history and the fire takes – which almost completely destroyed her – all her stories with him.

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Acquaintance
But fortunately her existence was not finished, on the contrary. She has been given a second chance which far transcends many buildings of her caliber. She is transformed into a seaworthy lady which I had the opportunity to meet. A modest entrance fee of 10 guilders and 90 cents she caressed my spirit and soul.

 

With thanks to Manon Hoefman

 

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