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Things to do in Paramaribo

Visitors to Paramaribo soak up its old-world charm in the city's colonial-era historical centre, where magnificent wooden mansions, churches and spires flank grassy parks and Independence Square. Marvel at rugged Fort Zeelandia and the opulent facade of the Presidential Palace. Explore Suriname further afield on a riverboat Historical Plantation Tour, taking a trip back in time.

Plantation Frederiksdorp, visited on the Historical Plantation Tour, Paramaribo. © Francita Rijhiner Flickr/no-rush

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Numismatic Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Numismatic Museum, Paramaribo. Photo by Kenneth Wong A Tsoi

    Situated on charming colonial Po straat, lined with handsome buildings, the Centrale Bank van Suriname Numismatic Museum boasts an impressive coin and banknote collection. Many items date back to the early days of Dutch colonisation, including pieces from 1679.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 8am-2pm

    Address

    7, Mr. F.H.R. Lim A Po straat, Paramaribo

    Telephone

    +597 520 016

    Transport

    Taxi or on foot

Attractions

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  1. 2. Presidential Palace - Attractions

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    Presidential Palace, Paramaribo. © Ian Mackenzie

    The grand colonial-era Presidential Palace is a much photographed Paramaribo landmark, set among the flag-scattered greenery of Independence Square. The iconic, white structure outshines the dozen elegant wooden mansions that surround it. It's open on ceremonial occasions and Independence Day.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Various

    Address

    Onafhankelijkheidsplein (Independence Square), Paramaribo

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 3. Fort Zeelandia - Attractions

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    Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo. © Ferry

    British-built in 1651, this former fortress was once used as a place of torture for political prisoners. Today, Fort Zeelandia houses historical artefacts in the celebrated Stichting Surinaams Museum on Abraham Crijnssenweg.Show this on map

    Cost

    Museum: SRD$10; concessions SRD$5

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 9am-2pm; Sun 10am-2pm (free guided tours Sun 11am & 12.30pm)

    Address

    1, Abraham Crijnssenweg, Paramaribo

    Telephone

    +597 425 871

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 4. Neve Shalom Synagogue - Attractions

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    Neve Shalom Synagogue, Paramaribo. Courtesy of Paramaribo Tourist Information Centre

    Situated over a large area between Keizerstraat and Wagenwegstraat, Paramaribo's Neve Shalom Synagogue is a wooden construction with a white columned portico and a ritual bathing house next door. Inside, its unique feature is its white sandy floor.Show this on map

    Cost

    SRD$5

    Opening hours

    Mon-Thu 9am-4pm (by appointment only)

    Address

    84, Keizerstraat, Paramaribo

    Telephone

    +597 472 817

    Transport

    Taxi or on foot

Special things to do

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  1. 5. Historical Plantation Tour - Special things to do

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    Plantation Frederiksdorp, visited on the Historical Plantation Tour, Paramaribo. © Francita Rijhiner Flickr/no-rush

    With her trusty Sweet Merodia riverboat and plenty of knowledge to share, local writer Cynthia Mc Leod runs tours to Suriname's otherwise inaccessible historical plantations. Just over two centuries ago there were still 650 estates in Suriname. Reservations are essential.Show this on map

    Cost

    €40 including refreshments

    Opening hours

    Daily by appointment only, depending on weather

    Address

    Merodia pier, Paramaribo

    Telephone

    +597 451 620

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 6. Palm Gardens - Special things to do

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    Palm Gardens, Paramaribo. © Ian Mackenzie

    A father's touching memorial to his lost son is hidden amid the Palm Gardens' cluster of soaring, needle-thin palms. The cherubic bronze is marked by a plaque tucked amongst the greenery in Independence Square, urging parents to watch their young.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Independence Square, Paramaribo

    Transport

    Taxi

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