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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
rolandpont
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Thousand Oaks, California
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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank Avrilreid
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We had a wonderful afternoon exploring the history and culture of Aruba in the museum. The displays are thoughtful and compelling and give a great picture of the original settlement of the island and subsequent takeover by the Spanish and Dutch. The staff was very friendly and helpful and even took us behind the scenes when we had questions about... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

What an experience that was. Never having been into a casino before, unsure quite what to expect, but the staff quite happy to explain, which was useful, and loads of slot machines just blew my mind. Oh, how to choose which ones to play??? Think I will leave alone for the wealthy or more experienced.

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Thank Hel43
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Free museum near our hotel Renaissance Marina. I spent about an hour with my adult children and husband. The history of Aruba was interesting. I also tried to piece together some of the architecture of the buildings. Interesting floor tile, I guessed to be original to the home. Also interesting water storage system for the home.

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Thank Liz S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

This museum is very complete and well thought out. It cornicles the history as well as the archaeology of the island. Most of the displays are arranged to inform adults while engaging the younger crowd. Small enough to visit in an hour or two; however, you can spend much longer if you wish. Excellent visit.

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