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The Western Hemisphere's oldest synagogue in continuous use was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 461 1067
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Admission to the Museum and Synagogue is $10. Consider it a charitable contribution to preserve an important historical site. This is the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. The museum is small, but great. My favorite of many great displays and historical items is a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 8-drank-was-merry
Reviewed 3 days ago

A must see while on the island.It was just as described in my research and was a great experience! Love this island.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ceecee S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We came for services Friday night and while the place is beautiful and the cantor had a nice voice, his sermon was terrible and he wasn't friendly or welcoming. They had a kiddush that we were invited to and others in the congregation spoke to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ChayaYehudit
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful restored building. Woman in gift shop was very informative. Highly l recommend visit. Museum a must,Area around temple also colorful and interesting

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Wolfe
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mo-fr, durind the stroll in town, don’t miss it! A small museum, some pieces of the ritual bath, you may even enter the synagogue!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LuciaR118
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the museum, and also spent shabbos with the community, staying just two blocks away. Everyone was completely welcoming, even though of course they get *so* many tourists, they still appreciated us being there. Loved the mixture of traditions from centuries past to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Web D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed touring the synagogue and museum. The talk given by the spiritual leader was very interesting and informative. If you plan on attending services here, we were advised to bring our passports, although they weren't checked when we did attend services. Men need to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank bpeisne1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am so glad I visited this temple and museum. The collection of photos, documents and religious items is impressive. I learned a lot about the history of the temple. The temple itself is beautiful and I am happy to have been able to visit....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MMTravelSD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful Synagogue in Willemstad, Curacao built in the 1670's, still has the original sand floor and a beautiful altar.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lee O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Willemstad is full of tourist traps, however, this synagogue — the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas — is worth a visit. Admission is $10 per person and allows you to explore the sanctuary, museum and gift shop at your leisure. We went there late...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Sandy W
25 August 2018|
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Response from K6430YUkeng | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous responses. They wish people to attend services.
Barbara G
2 February 2018|
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Response from Carla S | Reviewed this property |
As the previous person told you, it is very easy to get to the Synagogue wherever your cruise docks.In any case, head to the floating bridge and right after you cross it, there there is a tourist info point where you can... More