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For the protection and conservation of Curaçao’s built heritage, there are various governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions. Each has its own responsibility.

Ministry of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning  is tasked with implementing the monument policies and maintaining the island’s regulations regarding monuments. Its Department of Urban Planning (ROP) designates buildings as protected monuments, maintains the monument registry,  and issues licenses for the restoration of monuments. ROP also sees to it that new construction fits within the boundaries of the World Heritage City and is responsible for the quality of the design of public space. The ministry is ultimately responsible for policy and legislation regarding monuments, cultural heritage, traffic, and public space in the city.

Ministry of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning – ROP

Plasa Horacio Hoyer 19 – Curaçao. T. +(599-9) 433.3200 /218

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Monumentenraad Curaçao  (Council for Cultural Heritage)  is an independent advisory body established by law in 1990. Its members are professionals with expertise in areas related to heritage preservation. They are appointed by the island’s Government. The Council provides advice regarding monuments policy matters, criteria for designation of monuments, appeal by owners on designation of their property as a monument and on requests for demolition of monuments.
Stichting Monumentenfonds Curaçao  (Curaçao Monument Fund Foundation) was established in 1992 after the government had established an insular monument policy. On behalf of the government, Stichting Monumentenfonds Curaçao provides financial support for conservation of built heritage, through grants and loans. The foundation also provides information about financial, legal and structural issues relating to restoration. In addition, it can assist owners of monuments throughout the restoration process, from preparation to implementation.

Addresse: Scharlooweg 51 – Curaçao. T. +(599-9) 465.4688 – E.

Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao  (Curaçao Heritage Foundation)  was founded in 1954. This private foundation is the oldest and largest organization in the field of preservation of monuments in Curaçao. It has over the years been a great stimulator for the preservation of the built heritage.  The foundation has over 120 monuments under its management, including town houses, forts, plantation houses and even a former synagogue. Several of these buildings were acquired when they were already in a dilapidated state and were on the brink of being lost. By now most have been restored.

Addresse: Scharlooweg 13 – Curaçao. T. +(599-9) 462.3116 –

N.V. Stadsherstel Willemstad – was founded in 1991 by the island government and the private sector. The company was set up to contribute to the implementation of the building policy and the rehabilitation of Willemstad. N.V. Stadsherstel also acquires, restores and manages buildings, many of which are historical, all within the city limits.

Addresse: Werfstraat 6 – Curaçao. T. +(599-9) 462.7975 – E.

NAAM – National Archeological Anthropological Memory Management, started as a museum in 1998. It now engages in the management of cultural resources in the broad sense of the word. Aside from a museum with a collection of artifacts, NAAM conducts archeological and anthropological research. NAAM also develops initiatives for (inter)-national cooperation, knowledge and commitment to Caribbean heritage issues.

Addresse: Johan van Walbeeckplein 13 – Curaçao.   T. +(599-9) 462.1933 /34 – E.

Fundashon Pro Monumento, also called ProMo, was founded in 1993. Encouraging awareness and interest by the local population for Curaçao’s heritage is one of the main objectives of this private foundation. To achieve this, ProMo organizes among other things, Open Monument Days.  This independent foundation also acts as a watchdog and has undertaken legal action several times when built heritage was threatened.

Addresse: Witteweg 16 – Curaçao. T. +(599-9) 465.2773


Foundation for the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement Curaçao – DOCOMOMO
In September 2008 Curaçao became an official working party of DOCOMOMO, an international organization that aims to enhance the documentation and conservation of the architecture of the Modern Movement. Docomomo’s working party on the island of Curaçao consists of a group of volunteers with knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Modern Movement. To promote public interest in the Modern Movement they organize lectures and architecture tours and initiate advocacy efforts to protect endangered sites and buildings.

University of Curaçao – Jan Noorduynweg 111 – Curaçao.
T. +(599-9) 737.1723 ; M. +(599-9) 510.3890

Stichting Werelderfgoed Nederland – was founded in 2000 as ‘overlegplatform Werelderfgoed Nederland’. The Foundation has the responsibility to increase awareness and share knowledge of the World Heritage sites in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Foundation consists of the siteholders in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Kingdom has ten World Heritage sites recognised by UNESCO.

Every world heritage site in the Kingdom of the Netherlands tells the story of its outstanding universal value. It is unique and irreplaceable – not just in our kingdom, but in the whole world. Only UNESCO can designate an area and/or building as a World Heritage site.

Gebouw De Bazel, Postbus 10718, 1001 ES Amsterdam.
T. +31 (0)20-2514995,

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