Plantation house “Rooi Catootje”, located in one of Curaçao’s busiest residential areas, does not instantly catch one’s eye. Set back from the road, surrounded by a wooded area, it is passed daily by many who do not realize that the house and its collection represents a unique historical monument: not only for Curaçao, but also for the Caribbean.
Entering the “Rooi Catootje” plantation house is entering into a world where time stands still; where one is overwhelmed by a sense of history.
The early 19th century plantation house Landhuis Rooi Catootje, one of Curaçao’s historical monuments, houses a museum which displays antique furniture as well as many historic and unique objects. Each room contains special, permanent exhibits of the memorabilia of the Mongui Maduro family. The furnishings and objects in the house tell the story of four generations of the Maduro family.
One room has been set aside to honor the memory of Mongui’s widow, Louise. It primarily contains her collection of the sea-shells and numerous handicraft objects. The latter were formerly for sale at the “Vereniging Huisvlijt” (Home Industry Association) of which she had been President for 39 years.