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National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Address: Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone Number: 297 582 8979
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Ranked #40 of 147 things to do in Oranjestad
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: Small museum traces the history and development of the island of Aruba through a collection of...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.

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Boston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Wonderful new museum building and entry is free! Learn about the history and people of Aruba - it enriches every other experience on the island. Four stars only because the second floor was 90 degrees and we couldn't stay up there long enough to view everything. We'll return next time!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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578 reviews 578 reviews
472 attraction reviews
1,209 helpful votes 1,209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The only thing I didn’t like about the National Archaeological Museum Aruba was the difficulty in finding it. Located on the edge of a plaza tucked behind the main tourist drag, it was probably the mid-afternoon sun that caused me to miss the large concrete marker announcing the location. Newly located in a cluster of colonial single and two-story buildings... More 

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Miami, Florida
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89 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The National Archeological Museum, which is situated behind the main street of Aruba is a small, interesting and well preserved attraction. The building itself is quite colorful and reflects the colors of this "Happy Island". The Museum entry is free and we were met by a most cordial gentleman at the reception. This Museum houses archeological finds, way of life... More 

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