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National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Schelpstraat 42, Aruba
297 582 8979
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Ranked #21 of 95 Attractions in Aruba
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Small museum traces the history and development of the island of Aruba through a collection of interesting artifacts featuring a skeleton thousands of... more » Owner description: Small museum traces the history and development of the island of Aruba through a collection of interesting artifacts featuring a skeleton thousands of years old. « less
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English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The new portion of the museum is very modern and has numerous displays on the archaeological relics found on Aruba. The displays are in both English and Papiamento and Spanish too if I recall correctly. The museum is built on the foundations or around a historic building - the stair, tiles, stained glass and cistern can still be seen. It... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I recently went on a caribbean cruise and one of the stops it made was at Aruba. This is very vibrant city with a unique culture. The people are welcoming and very helpful. So I decided to skip the beaches and explore the surrounding area by the dock by foot. I came across this Museum, and it was fascinating. So... More

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Houston, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The place looks absolutely beautiful on the outside! Most importantly, it's FREE! To our surprise even the building itself has a history behind it! Although it looks small on the outside, the inside is huge, historical, and air conditioned! It doesn't look like much on the outside, but the inside has very nice informational videos, artifacts, and interactive items too!... More

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nc
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106 reviews 106 reviews
53 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This free (they do not even accept donations!) museum should not be underestimated. They have a solid collection of artifacts supplemented by audiovisual presentations and hands-on exhibits. there is something here for adults and kids. Get out of the sun and take an hour to learn something !!!

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Madrid, Spain
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87 reviews 87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Its located in a renovated and historic building from 1926 in the center of Oranjestad. You can go there by tram as well. The museum is an interesting place to learn a bit more of the island roots. The entrance is free and there is an easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Fully recommended.

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Chicago
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153 reviews 153 reviews
30 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This modern, extremely well done museum, in the heart of Oranjestad, documents the history of Aruba from the earliest times (about 500 BCE) up through he early colonial period (1750 or so). In addition to the interesting historical artifacts, there are very good explanations of the archeological process. Unlike most museums like this, older kids (maybe above eight) will really... More

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san francisco
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265 reviews 265 reviews
141 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to this museum…it was a very nice distraction from the city. The museum is housed in an older building right on the free tram that leaves the port terminal and circles the city (about a five minute tram ride from the terminal). It is definitely worth the stop. The museum provides a nice overview of the... More

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Bellvue, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

A very nice new two story air conditioned Museum with lovely exhibits. The Archaeological history of the area is very well displayed through well displayes artifacts and dialog. Explains the arrival of people from 21000 BC to present. Located at Schelpstraat 45 which is 2 blocks East of main street. The locals do not seem to know it is there.... More

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Orangeville, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
29 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

This new museum is certainly worth a visit while in Oranjestad (there is not much else to do there unless you love to shop/gamble). The building itself if quite interesting and the exhibits are in English. We learned a lot about the history of Aruba.

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Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a great little museum that explores all of Aruba's history. It's free to get into but it's a little hard to find so be sure to mark its location on a map or note its address. It's located about a 5 minute walk from the bus terminal. A lot of bigger museums could learn from this little one... More

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