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!
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.
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.
The Bonaire Museum 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 cow and goat meat from the Washington plantation, charcoal, vegetables, canned food and later on also beer and lemonade.
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.