Top 7 Museums in Suriname

Discover some of the top and most visited museums in Suriname

1. The Surinaams Museum Fort Zeelandia

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Surinaams Museum Fort Zeelandia

Located in the historic heart of Paramaribo, the Surinaams Museum at Fort Zeelandia offers a fascinating glimpse into Suriname’s rich history. Originally built as a fortress in the 17th century, Fort Zeelandia now serves as a museum showcasing the nation’s past. Visitors can explore a wide range of artifacts, photographs, and documents that tell the story of Suriname, from its indigenous beginnings and colonial period to its cultural growth and independence. The museum’s exhibits provide a deep understanding of Suriname’s social, cultural, and political history.

As you walk through the museum, you’ll not only learn about important historical events but also enjoy the fort’s impressive architecture and scenic views of the Suriname River. The Surinaams Museum Fort Zeelandia is a must-visit for anyone interested in Suriname’s heritage. Book our City Tour to hear more stories about the history, and learn more about the architecture. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Paramaribo’s highlights and discover the treasures of Fort Zeelandia. (Entrance of Fort Zeelandia is not included in this trip, send us a message for more information).

2. Bakkie Museum

Plantation Reynsdorp (Bakkie) is a former coffee plantation dating back to 1744, featuring old locks and buildings. Situated on the right bank of the Commewijne River, it was the last inhabited plantation and was divided among old contract workers, primarily Javanese, around 1900. The Bakkie Museum houses an extensive collection of old bottles, prints, maps, paintings, utensils, and many original books. Notable items include the original diaries of J.G. Stedman (1799), Benoit’s picture book (1823), Blaeu’s map (1630), documents on the abolition of slavery (1863), a branding iron, leg shackles, a WIC chocolate mold, Dr. Sophie Redmond’s referral letter, Maria Sibylla Merian’s print (1719), and other significant documents like the Act of Recognition of Suriname (November 25, 1975) and the law abolishing slavery signed by King William III. Various maps, prints, and paintings provide a vivid depiction of the era. You can visit this museum during our Plantation Bakkie Daytrip.

3. Fort Nieuw Amsterdam

Located at the confluence of the Suriname and Commewijne rivers, Fort Nieuw Amsterdam was built in the 18th century, with the first stone laid in 1734. The fort was constructed to protect the flourishing plantations and hinterlands while supporting Fort Zeelandia. Built as a pentagon with five bastions, its remnants are still visible today. The fort later served as a prison and has functioned as an open-air museum since 1968, with the buildings now serving as an administrative center. The canals, picturesque locks, and remnants of old plantation houses are silent witnesses to the once dynamic district. This historical site can be visited during our Commewijne Plantation and Dolphin Spotting Boat Tour.

4. Samaaka Maroon Museum

Located in the Saramakan village of Pikin Slee along the Upper Suriname River, this museum is dedicated to the cultural heritage of the Maroons, who escaped slavery on coastal plantations and established their own communities deep in the Surinamese rainforest. The museum focuses on the Saramakan way of life, where men and women live separately in their own huts. The museum is arranged to reflect the lives of men, women, and children in the community. The Samaaka Maroon Museum is included in our Tio Boto Eco Resort 3 days and 4 days Tours , Lodge Hopping , and can also be booked additionally while staying at Kninipaati.

5. Contemporary Art Museum Moengo (CAMM)

Located in Moengo, northeast Suriname, the Contemporary Art Museum Moengo was established by the Kibii Foundation, chaired by artist Marcel Pinas. It opened on July 30, 2011, on Abraham Crijnssenlaan and also holds exhibitions in the Tembe Art Studio in Moengo. The museum showcases works by Marcel Pinas based on black-brown culture and features works by artists-in-residence at Tembe Art Studio as well as independent artists. The first exhibition was the culmination of the traveling exhibition Kibii Wi Koni by Marcel Pinas. You can visit this museum during our French Guiana Suriname Cross Border Trail.

6. Koto Museum

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Koto museum

Situated at Princessenstraat no. 43 in the heart of Paramaribo, the Koto Museum is a treasure trove of history and culture. This charming museum provides visitors with valuable insights into Surinamese heritage, particularly through its collection of traditional clothing worn by Surinamese women, including exquisite garments dating back to the 1860s.

The Koto Museum not only showcases beautiful attire but also highlights everyday items such as irons and sewing machines. These artifacts offer a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of local Surinamese women, painting a vivid picture of their experiences and traditions. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply curious about Surinamese culture, the Koto Museum is a must-visit destination that promises to enrich your understanding and appreciation of this vibrant nation’s past.

7. Surinaamsch Rumhuis

Nestled in a unique mansion built in 1953 by renowned Dutch architect Ir. Peter Jacobus Nagel, the Surinaamsch Rumhuis stands as a testament to architectural beauty and cultural richness. Originally known as ‘The Barrel House’ and owned by Suriname Alcoholic Beverages N.V. (SAB), this iconic venue opened its doors on December 10, 2010. Located along the serene banks of the Suriname River in Paramaribo, the Rumhuis offers a
sophisticated and inviting atmosphere. Visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant history and culture of Suriname while enjoying the exquisite ambiance. The Surinaamsch Rumhuis is more than just a museum; it is a stylish venue where tourists and locals alike can explore and experience the essence of the ‘Runway of Life’ in various engaging and memorable ways. You can book a rum tasting trip with us to taste our locally produced Borgoe!

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