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National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 582 8979
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Best Viewing area of Aruba

My daughter and I went for a walk to see downtown Aruba. We came upon the Museum and went on a... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
Diana C
TOTAL BUST

We drove into town on a Sunday to visit the museum. After about 30 minutes of wandering around the... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
jj435Rye
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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

My daughter and I went for a walk to see downtown Aruba. We came upon the Museum and went on a tour. So glad we did. Everyone who comes to Aruba should see this gem...definitely climb the stairs to the top! Awesome!

2  Thank Diana C
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We drove into town on a Sunday to visit the museum. After about 30 minutes of wandering around the building, we found a guard who said that the museum was closed on Sundays, although both the museum and VisitAruba.com said it was open. So we...More

3  Thank jj435Rye
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

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"...More

4  Thank Federico G
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

As this museum was closed on Monday, the day of our visit, we did enjoy seeing the colorful buildings in the area. Oranjestad is a very walkable city with blue ceramic horses in unlikely places. The city walking tour includes this closed museum.

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

For me, the most stunning exhibition in this museum is the one about Odysseus. It is breathtaking. Worth visiting. Also, students have free entry.

1  Thank Ivana K
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

As per other people's experience the museum was closed when we visited so cant say more than that it is in a nice easy to find location in the downtown area and the buildings look pretty.

1  Thank Amsterdoc74
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

No infomation about closure anywhere! Not even at the entrance. We spent a great deal of time getting there and it was closed. There was one person working there and he informed us that it was closed till feb 2018 for repairs! A little info...More

3  Thank Arvindnc
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

This museum tells the story of the history of Aruba with some fantastic exhibits, including a life-size replica of a centuries-old Native Aruban dwelling. Seldom crowded, a great way to indulge your inner history nerd while on vacation!

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Reviewed 16 June 2017

The lady at the shop pointed this out to us, so we walked over there and looked at the nice surroundings. A shame we could not enter, but just walking arround was nice too

1  Thank Tbirdt-bird444
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

If you want to know more about Aruba's history, this is the place to visit. It may be difficult to locate because many local people don't know its existence. It has very nice artifacts and the displays are instructive. Most of the museum is not...More

2  Thank clelievre1977
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May 18, 2017; still closed for renovations.
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Sorry, we walked from the Cruise Ship, about 15 minutes at a slow pace. But I can tell you, that the Archeological Museum is worth the trip where ever you come from. Allow 1 to 2 hours. Look for the bright blue horse in... More
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