Bonaire’s Terramar Museum
Terramar Museum provides a glimpse into Bonaire’s history through the ages.
Archaeological and Historic Museum
Terramar Museum takes the visitor on a journey through time to experience the history of Bonaire and the Caribbean in various ways. Through a combination of beautiful artifacts, fascinating stories, and fun interactive experiences, history comes to life at Terramar Museum.
The main exhibit provides a timeline for the Caribbean, detailing every important event for the region, looking back through millenia, and offers the visitor an easy-to-comprehend history. In the main exhibit’s center, an animated floor exhibit gives a visual snapshot focusing upon major changes through the centuries.
From the main exhibit, one can wonder through the side exhibits, each one detailing an epoch part of Bonaire’s history. The use of interactive exhibits, sound, wall displays, and traditional displays, keeps one’s interest.
The museum hosts an exhibit about the coral reefs of Bonaire. Starting with a brief history of how Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire was founded, the visitors are taken along a path that teaches them about the different steps of coral restoration, as well as why our reefs are important to Bonaire.
The upstairs gallery exhibit provides information about a bleak time for Bonaire, and for the Caribbean in general, when slavery was still in practice.
About the Museum
Bonaire’s Terramar Museum opened in August, 2016 and it is located at Kaya J.N.E. Craane #24 in Kralendijk, just behind the Terramar Shopping Mall on the oceanfront promenade. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission is $10.00 per person, $5.00 for Bonaire residents, and children under 12 are free. A guided tour of the museum is available for $20.00. For additional information, contact the museum by telephone at 780-4327.
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