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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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Description: 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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So interesting

The museum is free; they would not accept a donation. Very interesting exhibits about the history of the island; very well presented. I would allow about an hour for your visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Oriental, North Carolina
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Oriental, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The museum is free; they would not accept a donation. Very interesting exhibits about the history of the island; very well presented. I would allow about an hour for your visit.

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Little River, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The museum was free and it explains a lot about the islands history and it is very well done. You could spend a hour or so learning about the island well worth a look if you happen to be downtown shopping and need a break from the sun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This free attraction often looks like it is closed. But try the door and if it opens you will be treated to a real history of Aruba as told through artifacts and interactive exhibits. We thoroughly enjoyed our hour long visit and learned a lot about the original people of Aruba. Very tasteful, very precise, and very fun. Highly recommended... More 

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East Bay, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

After being in Aruba for several days and not finding out much about the history of Aruba, we found this place. It was great! So glad we went! It's fairly small, doesn't take long to get through, but has great information about Aruba. Totally worth the time spent.

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Ridgewood, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The museum is in the center of Oranjestaad and the first stop on the scenic trolley. The building has been extensively reburished to house this exhibit that is the work of a talented mutli-national team. The musuem opened in 2009 and is a point of pride for the island showing its history and place in the world. The exhibit halls... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Really informative, well done and in a historical building. And free! Donations not accepted! What???

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We visited the museum on Earth Day. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient with our group. The artifacts and the history of Aruba and its indigenous people were educational and we all left with deeper appreciation, The building itself is beautiful and colorful and the museum was close to everything in Oranjestad so it was easy to explore afterward.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This museum is a bit off the main street in port, but is pretty easy to find. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's well worth an hour or two. Admission is free and probably the best museum I've visited in the Caribbean. The displays are very professional and there is a nice assortment of historical artifacts.... More 

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Provides nice background to the culture of the island. Admission is free and they don't even ask for a donation so it is definitely great value.

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The building is modern, as are the displays. They are very complete and included information about pre-ceramic residents that we found nowhere else. And free besides! Amazing!

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