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National Archaeological Museum of 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.
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.
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