Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, Willemstad

#2 of 16 in Museums in Curacao
Specialty Museum · Museum
Visit the oldest standing synagogue in the Americas, Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. The community can trace its roots to the 1650s, when Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had been living in the Netherlands and Brazil came to Curacao. The current building dates from 1730 and displays an attractive colonial style, with yellow-hue walls and white ornamentations. Step inside to see the well-preserved interior's many striking features, including three vaulted ceilings and a central chandelier. An onsite museum details the history of the synagogue and Jews in the Americas. By using our Willemstad attractions app, you can arrange your visit to Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and other attractions in Willemstad.
Create an itinerary including Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
630 reviews
  • Fabulous experience, wonderful staff. Museum gave pause for thought. Synagogue reflects its Dutch counterpart faithfully. The story behind the sand left us much to ponder. Rabbi was sensational and...  more »
  • We were so fortunate to see the Snoa on the island of Curacao. It is the oldest synagogue in the Western hemisphere. The rabbi spoke to us for over an hour explaining the history of the Jews on the...  more »
  • Great visit. Awesome historical spot. Security guard was very helpful and knowledgable.
  • Oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere in downtown Willemstad. Visit the synanagogue during the week. Entrance fee for the museum is 10 dollars. The visit is worth your while.

Plan your trip to Willemstad

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip