Jewish Cultural-Historical Museum

Museum in Willemstad

The 1651 Mikvé Israel Emanuel Synagogue has the oldest continuously operating Jewish congregation in the western hemisphere. Its small but fascinating museum occupies two 18th-century buildings that once housed the rabbi's residence and bathhouse. The museum's centerpiece is the original mikveh (bath), discovered during renovation. Also on display is a Torah scroll that was brought to Curaçao by the first Jewish settlers.