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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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Well worth the stop - best museum I've seen in the Caribbean

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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201 reviews 201 reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Boston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The building was renovated to preserve the original exterior architecture while creating a great facility to house the museum. We learned a lot more about the history of Aruba during our visit. Admission is free.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Very historical building downtown. Has a guide to explain things to you. Very informative an educational.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Pleasant afternoon excursion to the National Archaeological Museum. It is located in a historic building, in the downtown area, a couple of blocks off the main street. Lots of information was contained in this little gem, a worthwhile excursion!

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Thunder Bay, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We had a hard time finding it, but spent a pleasant hour browsing the exhibits. The integration of the modern building into the historic site was well done.

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Aspen Hill, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This museum is newly relocated. It is downtown just 2 blocks behind the Renaissance and on the new trolley line. It is air-conditioned, modern in design, has hands-on exhibits appropriate for adults and children and in a restored former residence. Very well done with lots of information on the history of this island. An hour work spending. There is no... More 

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Covington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My husband and I love exploring museums when we travel, including cruising. One cruise stop was in Oranjestad Aruba. A quick ask about local museums brought us to the National Archaeological Museum. This is a priceless little museum a quick walk from the cruise ship docks or you can take the tram. Probably no more than a half mile walk.... More 

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north carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is a very small museum, worth your time, but don't plan to spend the afternoon. There are some picnic tables and there is a public restroom. A really nice feature is a fountain to get cold water for filling your own bottles.

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