The National Archaeological Museum Aruba celebrates more than 5000 years of Amerindian culture. The Museum’s mandate is to educate,
motivate and inspire visitors to act – learning, preserving, and respecting this unique Aruban heritage. In 2009 the Museum moved into one of the island’s most significant historic landmarks, beautifully restored and expanded to include a series of professional facilities such as collections storage, auditorium, cafeteria, and temporary and permanent exhibition galleries.
The Museum has a collection of over 10,000 Amerindian artifacts spanning the Pre-Ceramic, Ceramic, and Historic Cultural Periods, and is comprised of a variety of media such as pottery, shell, stone, bone, and glass. The collections include a large number of artifacts that express Amerindian and spiritual life as well as a large communication network that connected Aruba to Europe, Mexico and central South America.The Museum’s archaeological staff research
the collections, lead excavations and preserve key heritage sites including the amazing cave paintings located in Arikok National Park.
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