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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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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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Fun learning experience!

Our tour guide Harold knows so much about the Indians that lived on Aruba and is researching to learn so much more. There is so much I did not know from my own heritage that I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide Harold knows so much about the Indians that lived on Aruba and is researching to learn so much more. There is so much I did not know from my own heritage that I came to learn here. The museum is beautiful and modern. A must see!

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I love this type of thing so this was a great day full of amazing info and as we were the only ones there we got to see a whole lot of extras. Delightful , guest book to sign too. Also see the numismatic museum on curacao , another gem :)

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Good museum showing the influences in this smallish island by the various invaders from the original Arowacs to the Spanish and eventually the Dutch afterbvwhom the island is named. The island's capital and whetevall cruise shops dock for the day is Oranjestad which is a pretty looking port of call.... Pastel buildings, clean streets, helpful personnel in the shops And... More 

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Interesting finding out how the Arowac indians came to Aruba and their life style And the influence of the colonialism on our island

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

After traveling to Aruba several times over the past 15 years, I never knew any of the history. (Shame on me.) This museum was very informative about the island's history. We spent about 90 minutes in the museum which had great exhibits and informative videos about the island's past.

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Wirral
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Fascinating and brilliantly devised museum. Off the beaten track and perhaps not a normal tourist attraction, however a very interesting history of the island, from the earliest settlers from South America, through to the Spanish arrival and destruction of the ancient civilisations.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We like seeing history. Was very interesting place showing pottery and items from the past. A little small but looked like they were expanding a very nice place to get out of the heat and roam around.

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Bayside, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Please be sure to take time to visit this museum - it was wonderful! After we finished our museum visit, we strolled down one of the streets and before we knew it, we were lost! A big shout out and thanks to Shirley and her son, Nathan, our Aruban rescuers! In true Aruba fashion, they not only helped us find... More 

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

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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