Archaeological Museum of Aruba

Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean with only 90,000 people, but it can satisfy a large selection of interests. In the Archaeological Museum of Aruba you can see the evolution and heritage in the exhibits occurring on the island.

The museum is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, exhibiting jars that contain the remains of the original inhabitants of the island.

There are stone tools from 2000 BC; and sling stones, pottery and burial artifacts from 500 AD. Skeletal remains are also on site.

The Archaeological Museum of Aruba is open only on weekdays only and it is free of charge for its visitors. It is located J. E. Irausquinplein 2A behind the Saint  Fransiscus church in Oranjestad.

This museum is a great stop if you are a history buff or an archeology aficionado. It is not as popular as some other attractions on the island, and sometimes it is not included or mention on some of the tours or by operators. If you compare with some of the museum in the large capitals of the world, probably you will be disappointing in it, it is smaller and the exhibits are limited.

Knowing a little bit of the history, since it was first visited over 4500 years ago, the
Collection gives the visitor a taste of early periods in the history and pre-history of the island. Ceramic artifacts, shell and stone tools and ornaments are on display for all those who would like to know about Aruba's first cultures.

Utensils from this period have been found at Sero Muskita and Arikok. These people, who started inhabiting the island 2500 years ago, most probably came from Venezuela and other Caribbean islands in canoes or small boats. They didn't live permanently in one place, but rather moved from one place to another in family groups of 10 to 15 members. They hunted on small animals, fished, and collected shellfish and fruits for food, and that is how Aruba started, throughout the years, many try to colonized with limited or negative success and that was until Dutch settlers made Aruba a colony until is independence in the late part of the 20th century. Some of these history you could see it across the island, but the best place to start is at the museum.

The Archaeological Museum of Aruba opened in 2008 with its new location, giving more importance by Aruba’s movement and its push on more eco or friendly tourism. It is a great place that you could spend a rainy afternoon or morning and get to know more about Aruba and its history.


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