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National Archaeological Museum Aruba

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Address: Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone Number: 297 582 8979
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Small museum traces the history and development of the island of Aruba...

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.

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Free and in walking distance of the cruise terminal

We were on the Carnival Dream and took this free, self guided tour. The building has been completely remodeled inside and out and is a fantastic museum. There are exhibits of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TexansFan2011
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Houston Texas
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Houston Texas
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on the Carnival Dream and took this free, self guided tour. The building has been completely remodeled inside and out and is a fantastic museum. There are exhibits of early inhabitants of the island, history of the building the museum is in, and history/artifacts of Aruba itself. It is well worth the walk and very informative.

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New Jersey
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134 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Free admission, air conditioning, well laid out exhibits and lots of interesting facts about Aruba's made it well worth the visit.

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Thank LL28
Toronto, Canada
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67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is well worth the visit, even to see this beautifully restored building in downtown Oranjestad. It is an interesting view of the history of Aruba, in a very well laid out museum. Best of all it's free, and it's right in the downtown near other historical buildings.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Archaeological Museum contains stone tools , burial urns ,cooking pots ,and skeletons retrieved from digs around the island. Probably of interest to some but I am sure that the beaches are better to visit.

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Thank JAA_MK
Sudbury, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is quite beautiful on the outside and really well-done on the inside. The museum focuses on the pre-colonization period and is very educational. Do to the small size of the building you can probably fit it in an hour or so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

This little museum is housed in a beautiful old house in town. Although small, it is free and provides a good overview of Aruba's history. A nice break while in town.

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Chicago, Illinois
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58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I was SO happy that we made time to visit the Archaeological Museum. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. The museum was full of local artifacts. I loved all of the history. It explained so much about the island and it's people that I appreciate Aruba more for the balance of our trip. Other bonuses: * FREE * FREE... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

My friends and I really enjoyed our visit to this museum. It was informative and provided great historical reference about Aruba. Beautiful artwork and historical findings.

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1 Thank Lisa G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Had read about this museum on trip advisor. Had no idea where it was and just happened upon it, if I had not read that it looks closed would have assumed so and then would not have ventured in. Lovely little museum with interesting exhibits, the staff person at the front door was pleasant and welcoming.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Very Interesting! Nice place to learn about local history. Exhibits were well done and informative. Would be a great place to take your kids.

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