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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
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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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If you love Aruba you should visit

Free and nicely considered. In a historic building with its own story, it tells of Aruba's beginnings in a nice way. To me it brings perspective to the people & island I enjoy so... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 28, 2016
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Free and nicely considered. In a historic building with its own story, it tells of Aruba's beginnings in a nice way. To me it brings perspective to the people & island I enjoy so much & I recommend. An information brochure & building map, not currently available, would be beneficial to proper exploring in/around the facilities & grounds. Easy walk... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Hop on the (also free) trolley and they will drop you at the museum door. Unfortunately the upstairs was closed (and the air conditioner was off) but the downstairs provides a nice glimpse into Aruba's cultural past. Definitely worth a visit - and several interactive exhibits.

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

It took me quite a while to find this museum, never realizing how close this was to the Renaissance Mall area. Chose to visit this place after being here a few years. This is a museum with artifacts and the history of the Amerindians. The building was once the home of a famed Arubian. It is small and takes no... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Small museum which is well maintained and laid out. Archaeological finds such as pottery and coins and a reconstructed hut. Short videos . No air conditioning so quite hit upstairs. Free entry so Definately worth a visit if you are in Oranjestad.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

They don't advertise this well enough. This museum is state of the art. Even has an elevator to the second floor. Fully air conditioned, this modern museum has everything you want to know about Aruba's history. Free to go. Right behind the Renaissance Mall in Oranjestad.

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Aruba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Lovely place to meander and learn the history of the Country that you.love. peacefully, clean, bright.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

My wife and I had a hard time finding the museum, with all the curving one-way streets behind the shopping area, it's sure hard to track down! Especially with Weststraat being closed. The way that we managed was by turning onto 1B near the Valero gas station, turning right again at the Venezuelan Consulate, bearing right onto Avenida Alo Tromp... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

We attended the local historic and folklore show here. Learnt about the history of Orangestad as well as local flokelore. Some local food was available to buy. All in all an enjoyable show and time content was just sufficient

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016

We wanted to visit that museum on the first full day we were at Aruba; i.e., on the Tuesday morning.... As other reviewers have stated, it was a very difficult museum to find. We found the museum on the Thursday morning after wandering the city for ~ 45 minutes. The way the museum was arranged was good for people who... More 

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Owens Cross Roads, Alabama
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I tried to visit no less than three times. We found only one sign that points to the museum and once you follow it, it drops you in a busy neighborhood with one-way streets, tons of traffic and no other signs. We asked four different people during the course of our visit how to find it. Despite... More 

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