Who we are

Terramar Museum employs staff and volunteers to carry out its activities. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please review our volunteer policy to find out if there is a position that suits your interests.

Become a friend of the museum and enjoy year-round unlimited access to the museum, including all temporary exhibitions, events, and workshops. Our members will be acknowledged in our annual report and on our website. The Friends of the Museum program costs $100 per year and can be requested by sending an email to or by signing up at the museum’s front desk.

Terramar Museum was founded without a collection of its own. As a result, the museum is almost entirely dependent on object loans and donations. Institutions that have thus far provided Terramar Museum with long-term loans are the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (SECAR), and the National Archaeological and Anthropological Memory Management (NAAM) from Curaçao. Private individuals have also provided objects for long-term loans, and have even donated objects as well.

What we do

Terramar Museum is governed by a local foundation, Stichting Terramar Museum. The museum’s mission is to:

  • Display and promote the history and archaeology of Bonaire and the Caribbean to a large audience through fixed and temporary exhibitions, lectures, tours, and other events.
  • Facilitate research into the history and archaeology of Bonaire and the Caribbean.
  • Provide a platform for both professionals and amateurs to present on topics regarding the history and archaeology of Bonaire and the Caribbean.
  • Raise awareness about historical and archaeological issues and the protection and preservation of cultural heritage.

An important aspect of the museum’s mission is to further the study of the archaeology and history of the Caribbean region. As such, the museum is actively involved in research activities and welcomes researchers to use its facilities. The museum encourages and supports activities that increase awareness and understanding of its collection, particularly to the general public. The museum has, however, a strict policy regarding the use of its collection for research purposes, which can be found in our Collection Management Policy. 

While many people choose to explore the museum on their own, a tour with one of our guides will bring history to life even more. In approximately one hour, one of our guides will lead you through the exhibitions and will provide you with in-depth information on the topics and artifacts on display. All our guides are highly knowledgeable about the history and archaeology of Bonaire and surrounding islands, and it is their passion to share this knowledge with you. A guided tour makes a perfect family outing and is a great way to enjoy the museum with a group of friends. Make sure you get the most out of your museum experience and book a guided tour with us.