Museum Bonaire

- Free entry! (donations always welcome)
- Open daily on cruise boat days from 9 am to 3 pm. Cruise boat days are the days when you see one or two big cruise ships in the harbour of Kralendijk. - Not sure if the museum is open or do you want to visit on other days/hours? Let me know: Arjenvd@hotmail.com

The Bonaire Museum of Natural History is located on Kaya J.C. van der Ree in Kralendijk, Bonaire. It's built in 1885 by a Venezuelan plantation owner and was bought by the Herrera family, one of the influential families on Bonaire. At that time, the house was called the 'Van der Ree house'. The house became a small shop with goat meat from the Washington plantation, charcoal, vegetables, canned food and later on also beer.

Nowadays this beautiful plantation town house is one of the historical monuments of Bonaire and it houses the Bonaire Museum of Natural History. It is a nice and cosy museum and shows many things you can or could see on Bonaire like Indian artefacts, shells and sea animals, birds of Bonaire, corals, fossils of shells, tools used on the plantations, antique bottles and much more.



About Bonaire

When you want to more about Bonaire, the museum is a great place to start. Among the things you can see and read, I have a lot of information about the island, the history and the culture and I like to share my knowledge about Bonaire with you!

Some souvenirs

In the museum is a small selection of nice Bonaire souvenirs. There are the real Bonairian license plates, driftwood art signs and some beautiful paintings by a local artist.

Old tools

In the museum you can see tools that have been used on Bonaire, like a donkey plow, grinding stones, pots and pans and of course bottles to keep water and a bit of rum.

The museum has some nice Indian artefacts that give a bit of an insight of what the Indians used and ate.