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Discover the Rich History of The Ritz Village
Situated within the Eskimo building, our museum offers a captivating experience that includes audio-visual presentations, a wealth of articles, photographs, and artifacts. Explore the rich history of The Ritz Ice Cream Factory and the Scharloo area through our exhibits.
Visit our museum to delve into the fascinating history of the Ritz Ice Cream Factory. Discover our heritage by reading historical accounts, examining our showcased artifacts, and watching informative videos that cover topics such as Ritz ice cream, the hotel’s renovation, the builders of the hotel, and key moments in Curaçao’s history.
The Ritz History
The colorful history of The Ritz started in 1938
when Otto Senior founded the Ritz Ice Factory with his wife Rosalynde. The factory, located at the Heerenstraat, made milk for the U.S. soldiers on Curaçao. Soon, they also opened a soda fountain on Breedestraat. In 1947, the company expanded to the factory in Scharloo. Eventually in 1967 the family bought the house of Max Lowenthal (No. 25) and soon expanded to with No. 27 as well. For almost 70 years The Ritz had been the largest Ice Cream factory in the Caribbean. It made and sold ice cream, sugar cones, ice cubes, milk, yoghurt and juices. Even McDonalds and Burger King bought their milkshake mix from the factory. Products had names like Pink Panther, Temptees, Papureshi, Screwball and Palu Friwi.