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National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 582 8979
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Closed for Renovations

Took the "Downtown Trolley" to this stop, and the trolley operator said that it was a great museum... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Sandi G
Historic and Informative

This free, little museum will give you an idea of the history of the peoples of the island. Ride... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
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Schelpstraat 42, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 582 8979
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Took the "Downtown Trolley" to this stop, and the trolley operator said that it was a great museum, but it was closed for renovations. No date given when asked when it will be open again. Too bad. Difficult to rate this attraction since we never...More

Thank Sandi G
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This free, little museum will give you an idea of the history of the peoples of the island. Ride the trolley and get off at the Blue Horse. The museum is well laid out for a self-guided experience. We enjoyed the exhibits. The only down...More

Thank BGwoodLovers
Reviewed 20 February 2017

If you get on the New Tram near the Cruise terminal you will pass the Museum with the Blue Horse outside and call by on the way back. It is a nice museum charting history of Aruba going back to the Arawaks etc. Well worth...More

Thank Kirktoncoll
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Aruba Archaeological Museum is an excellent briefing on the island's history, especially the legacy of Amerindian culture and the disastrous impact of Spanish colonialism. It skirts the impact of the Dutch takeover and its impact but as this delightful museum was opened by Dutch...More

2  Thank Sox299
Reviewed 10 February 2017

It's free! We found this out from the downtown trolley ride (also free; who knew there were so many cheap thrills in Aruba?) so we hopped off the trolley - on the RIGHT side, as directed - and went in. It's a small museum but...More

Thank marfitann
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Terrific, small museum fill with the wonderful archeological history of Aruba. Such an interesting history. Worth a trip & it's free!

Thank NYDina
Reviewed 21 January 2017

This little museum tells the story of the original inhabitants of Aruba through the archeological work that has been done. Lots of artifacts with some explanation about how archeologist do their work. It isn't large (the upstairs part was closed during our visit because they...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is a free activity to do while downtown. It's a small museum, but has some interesting artifacts and you can learn a little about Aruba's indigenous people. The building is well preserved and was once a family dwelling.

Thank Janet D
Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is a nice museum in the centre of Oranjestad. Unfortunate half of the museum was not access-able and the airco was not working. Nevertheless the museum is well disposing the history of the island

Thank Jan v
Reviewed 28 October 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...More

Thank TXhome1225
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Is the museum open?
19 April 2017|
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Response from TXhome1225 | Reviewed this property |
May 18, 2017; still closed for renovations.
Kathy P
Can I use public transportation from Savaneta?
3 March 2016|
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Response from billpg | Reviewed this property |
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