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National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad, Aruba
297 582 8979
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Ranked #1 of 26 Attractions 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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north carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

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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Oranjestad, Aruba
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Very good place to cool off and get a history lesson. I think this one was free, if not, it was only $5.00 U.S.

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USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This museum is unfortunately rather pale if you first toured the Museum Kura Hulanda in Curacao; but we have to accept what is given. The Aruba Museum is dedicated to the native tribes (Arawak people in particular) of the region. It has a fairly impressive collection of implements dating back some centuries (over a thousand years) and a pretty nice... More 

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The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised of the beauty, and vast amount of information provided by this small yet rich museum. I highly recommend a visit to everyone (locals & island visitors). Located in a nicely renovated historical building, the national Archeological Museum would be an import stop in anyone's quest to discover Aruba!!!

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Amazing amount of information in an interesting building. Worth a trip to learn more about the origination of Aruba and its people.

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Georgia USA
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9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If want to know about Aruba’s people and their past, then this is the place to go. It is located in Oranjestad just off the north end of main street. It is a little hard to find as it is in a small back alley plaza but it is worth a visit. It is right behind the Dutch looking mall.... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This museum is very clean & has displays of artifacts, old pottery & tools, past history, 3 dimensional displays,talking displays and so on. It's 2 stories, not large, but interesting if you give it a chance & read the available information throughout. Staff person at the entrance is helpful with answering any questions. If you want to know about Aruban... More 

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