Former Plantation House 'Landhuis Habaai' (Habaai Mansion) is one of the most beautiful of the Curaçao 'Landhouses'.
Build at the beginning of the 18th century, it is also one of the oldest on the island.
Brazil was a Dutch colony until 1654, when it became Portuguese.
At that time the Dutch Colonial Council granted a large contingent of Jews, living in Brazil, permission to relocate to Curaçao where they were given a large piece of land on the northwest shore of the Schottegat. This district soon came to be known as the Jewish quarter, because of the various Jewish mansions that arose here. Landhuis Habaai was also established in that period and is one of the few to remain.Although the mansion started out as a plantation and was subsequently turned into a country residence and later on a boarding school, its architecture has remained intact. The central part is flanked by front and back galleries. Above both the central part and the galleries is a complete second floor, crowned by an attic. The northeastern wing was added in the 19th century.
And now, in the 21st century, Habaai Mansion serves a new purpose: Art Gallery and Cultural Center.
The terrace is used to host cultural events such as concerts, book and poetry readings, presentations and receptions. During gallery opening hours art lovers may enjoy a cup of coffee on the terrace.
Monday - Friday
09.00 AM - 05.00 PM
10.00 - 02:00 PM