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National Archaeological Museum of Aruba Oranjestad  Aruba
National Archaeological Museum of Aruba Oranjestad  Aruba
Archaeological Museum of Aruba Oranjestad  Aruba
Trace Amerindian Culture Oranjestad  Aruba
National Archaeological Museum of Aruba Oranjestad  Aruba
National Archaeological Museum of Aruba Oranjestad  Aruba
Archaeological Museum of Aruba Oranjestad  Aruba
Trace Amerindian Culture Oranjestad  Aruba

National Archaeological Museum of Aruba

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.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 1 year ago

National Archaeological Museum of Aruba

Located in a former mansion, this interactive museum is full of ancient artifacts. Culled from three distinct periods of indigenous history, the collection includes more than 10,000 pieces from Pre-Ceramic (2500 B.C.E.–1000 C.E.), Ceramic (900–1515), and History Cultural (1515–1880) times. Visitors will find shell and stone tools, decorative items, and food vessels, along with vestiges of Aruba’s gold rush. Of particular note is a limestone family burial cave, which, at 4,000 years old, is one of the most ancient pieces in the museum. With its Dutch Colonial architectural details, the building itself is also worth admiring. Note: The museum is closed on Mondays.
AFAR Local Expert
over 2 years ago

Archaeological Museum of Aruba

Occupying a former complex of private homes, this sprawling museum encompasses more than 10,000 pieces from 5,000 years of indigenous Amerindian history. Visitors can view tools, decorative items and food vessels, along with items from Aruba's gold rush. The Dutch-colonial architectural details of the historical buildings are also interesting. The museum is closed Mondays. 

over 4 years ago

Trace Amerindian Culture

The Archaeological Museum of Aruba does a great job of curating artifacts, creating exhibits that trace the region's evolution, and teaching all visitors about the rich past of the Amerindian culture. Throughout its history Aruba has been heavily influenced by Europe and the Americas, giving it a unique mix of international influences. For the best experience here take a guided tour that will lead you through artifacts dating back to the pre-ceramic era! Don't miss their regular art exhibitions and special events as well.