National Archaeological Museum Aruba

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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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Beth P
4 contributions
Sep 2022
We spent time checking out the Archaeological Museum. IT was a great way to learn more about Aruba's history and connect with the island. Part of the museum was under construction so I'll be interested to see what's changed the next time we return.
Written September 26, 2022
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AC97
North Dakota5,131 contributions
Dec 2019
Great trip! We arrived at approximately 10 am and made our way to the entrance of the museum (which was free to enter). The museum was very nicely renovated and there were many informational plaques next to the items out for display. The museum taught us a lot about the origins of Aruba, along with how Aruba developed as a country. There were also several short film clips located throughout the museum, and a small underground cave that was accessible by climbing down several steps.

TIP: I recommend spending an hour here if you truly want to see everything.
Written January 1, 2020
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Marina B
New York City, NY43 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
We had been trying to visit this museum for 2 years! According to the curator of the Museum of Industry it was closed due to a serious issue with their AC. Finally this year it was open. The admission was free which was great. It’s not huge but does a fine job telling the story of the Arawak people. However it didn’t feel as Aruba centric as some of the other museums we visited. This was more of an overview of the indigenous people of the caribbean and south america. Overall though, it was very good and great way to kill some time if you need a break from the beach.
Written August 8, 2020
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parrottdize
Dyer, IN2,000 contributions
May 2022
A nice small museum (that is free) located in what used to be a house and easy walking distance from the cruise port.
There are numerus cultural exhibits and even videos. Nothing fancy but still nice. There were some areas closed off due to renovation.
Written June 7, 2022
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DaisyM777
London, United Kingdom351 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is small museum but it’s full of island history.
It’s located in capital Oranjestad and it’s open from 9am to 5pm, it’s closed over the weekend.
The entry is free.If you want to learn more about Aruba give it a go!
Written July 5, 2022
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Remy
Oranjestad, Aruba150 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Love visit museums when ever I can. It tells you so much of history. Screen play videos telling stories. Really nice old findings pottery tools and more.
Written February 11, 2020
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Shakespeare_Fan
Sharon MA, USA390 contributions
Jan 2020
The museum is very interesting. It contains a reconstructed Arawak house. It provides a lot of information on how the native people lived in earlier eras.

We had difficulties finding the place via gps. The gps took us to the back door of the museum but there was no sign there. We finally called the phone number and got directions from the staff on how to go around the block to the front door.
Written January 22, 2020
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Yani
Ardmore, OK57 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The entrance fee is free. You can easily spend two hours in here. Really well explained the discovery of Aruba, its roots and culture. Very picturesque building front. It's located in Downtown Aruba close to Zara's store. I loved it!
Written February 2, 2020
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brispage
McLean, VA51 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
This place is definitely closed. The security guard said until November, but the locals say it's closed indefinitely.  The previous two posters who made it sound like it is open visited the other museum on the island that is open.
Written June 24, 2018
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Federico Gonzalez
New York City, NY120 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
I went to visit the museum this morning only to find that it is closed! No explanations, no signs at the doors, nobody to tell...

Asked three locals on the street about why it was closed and the answers varied from "problems with the government" to "they are thieves"...

I would have had appreciated a little notice not waste my time going there.

Trip Advisor should make an effort in not publishing anything that is not up to date i.e. two weeks...
Written December 22, 2017
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  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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