Octagon Museum

Octagon Museum


The Octagon Museum houses the Bolívar exhibit in memory of the Curaçao connection to Simón Bolívar (1783-1830).

In 1812 after the first stage of the revolt in Venezuela had failed, Bolívar took refuge on the island of Curaçao. He and his two sisters arrived penniless and had to rely on the generosity of friends on the island. Lawyer and merchant Mordechai Ricardo lodged them in two houses. The two sisters stayed in the octagonal building by the sea, while Bolívar worked an studied in a small house on a hill overlooking the busy harbor of Willemstad.

The house on the hill no longer exists, but the ‘Octagon’ at the seaside, was restored in 1998 by the Avila Hotel, the Curaçao Monument Foundation and the Octagon Foundation.

The Museum is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Opening hours: 10 AM – Noon.
Admission: NAf10,- p.p.

Or by appointment,
Avila Hotel
Penstraat 130-134
Telephone: (5999) 461 4377


The documentary on Curaçao visual artist Capricorne ‘’De Wonderboom’’ (The Enchanted Tree), by Tanja Fraai and Mike Ho-Sam-Sooi is available at the Avila Boutique.