National Archaeological Museum Aruba
For Island History
The National Archaeological Museum of Aruba may be small, but it offers a big overview of the island's history by way of a collection that includes a skeleton which is thousands of years old, ancient Carib artifacts, and more. The oldest building in Oranjestad is Fort Zoutman, where you can learn about Dutch colonial history and examine Caiquetio artifacts and local Aruban treasures. The Bon Bini Festival, held every Tuesday evening at the museum, features a large arts and crafts sale, food, music, and traditional dance demonstrations—which means you finally get your chance to practice the tumba and the Aruban waltz.
By Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
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