Published On: Wed, Nov 12th, 2014

New museum in Punda about the history of Punda

Punda MuseumWILLEMSTAD – Downtown Punda gets its own museum. On December 1, the foundation 'Then and Now' opens a museum about the history of Punda. Guided tours are available in Papiamentu, Dutch, English and Spanish. The exhibition 'La Boutique del Caribe' (The Caribbean Boutique) is specially expanded for the museum.

New panels, photos and angles will be gradually added to the museum. A panel of Hanchi Snoa will be created for the opening. In addition, a slide presentation of the shops in Punda can be seen and a three-dimensional scale model of 58 buildings. The maquettes, which are also restored, give a picture of Punda in the fifties to the seventies. There are special restoration days that may be attended by the public. The exhibition was shown earlier this year at the Bloemhof plantation house.

Local talent

Accommodations in the other room of the museum are offered to emerging local talents. They can set up their own temporary exhibition here.


The museum will open in the first instance for a period of six months. On the basis of the number of visitors it is then decided whether the museum will remain open.


For young people there is an educational program at the beginning of next year.  Expedition and reading days are organized. In addition to the tour of the museum, they also get a tour of the city. The program is set also in cooperation with schools, libraries and Unidat di Bario (neighborhood organization).


To promote involvement in the museum and offer visitors even more, the foundation has signed deals with restaurants in the area. On presenting of your ticket, you get discounts at various places.


You can visit the Punda Museum six days a week at the Hanchi Snoa 1-5. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 09.00 to 17.30. The entrance is eight guilders per person. For a personal tour, you pay 12.50 guilders. Visitors “Sixty Plus” get discount and pay five guilders per person. For children under sixteen years and their supervisor the admission is free. For more information you can call telephone number 5117145.

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