The Museum of Natural History Curacao is the brain child of Leon Pors and Michelle da Costa Gomez of the Curacao Footprint Foundation. This organization has been founded in December 2011 with the aim to provide information about the natural environment of Curacao as a means to heighten awareness of the urgent need to learn to appreciate and conserve the natural environment.
Over the years the foundation organized courses, workshops and field trips, and produced 2 6-part documentary series about the natural environment both above and below the sea. The Museum of Natural History became the next logical step, and after an agreement was reached with Bloemhof regarding a fantastic location, the museum could become a reality.
Leon´s private rock collection, which was collecting dust for decades, finally got a second life as an inspiration for local and foreign visitors. The 110 million year long geological history of the Island hence forms the backbone of the museum. During the design stage the museum received a wonderful gift as well: the van Eenennaam family donated a beautiful shell collection which triggered the decision to focus on shells and other marine biological artifacts as the second theme.
The museum has planned several exiting exhibits for the future, from photo-expo´s to a peek at the inside of organisms!