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Exploring Aruba - Museums

Oranjestad is home to most of Aruba's museums, which trace the island's cultural and industrial development from the earliest Indian settlements to present day. The Archaeological Museum of Aruba houses a collection of ancient artifacts, tools and art. The Aruba Historical Museum, housed in the island's oldest structure, Fort Zoutman, offers a view into the daily lives of the island's first settlers. Aruba's first coins are on display at the Numismatic Museum, along with historic coins from all over the world.

Fort Zoutman - Downtown Orangestad
Fort Zoutman/Willem III Tower is also known as The Historical Museum of Aruba. It investigates, documents and preserves the archaeological artifacts and sites of Aruba and informs the local and international public about the Amerindian cultural heritage of Aruba. The Dutch erected Fort Zoutman for defense of the island in 1796 and the bastion stands on what was once the shoreline. The fort was restored in 1974, the tower in 1983 and underwent a major renovation in 2004. The museum hosts the Bon Bini Festival daily, a small fair with local arts and crafts, food, music, and dance. There is a nominal admission charge.
Numismatic Museum - Downtown Oranjestad
Situated next to the central bus station in Oranjestad the museum contains 30,000 historic coins from Aruba and around the world. Open Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Friday 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday 9 am to 12 pm. For more information contact:
Archaeological Museum - Downtown Oranjestad
his museum is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, exhibiting giant earthen jars of which a few contain the remains of Aruba's original inhabitants. Also displayed in glass boxes with descriptions are ancient artifacts, pottery tools and art.
Model Train Museum
In addition to train videos, a play-table, and 'choo-chooing' trains in action, a large collection of model trains, airplanes, automobiles and buses are found at the Model Train Museum in San Nicolas on the way to Baby Beach. Jaap de Vries. collection also includes the contributions of returning tourists. Trains are from Germany, USA, United Kingdom and The Netherlands and date back to 1895. Free, donations accepted.
Koolbaaibergstraat 12, San Nicolas Near Valero Refinery
Call for an appointment
Tel: 297-584-7321
Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory Tour
Tour the factory and visit the retail store to stock up on Aruba Aloe products.
Tour hours
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Sunday: Closed
The tour lasts about 25 minutes and is suitable for all ages. No reservation is needed unless you are coming with a large group of people.
Entrance Fee: FREE
Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. is located near the hotel area at Pitastraat 115, Hato.
For more information call + 297 588 3222