Landmarks in Aruba

Seventy square miles of Aruba landmarks and natural sights make for an interesting vacation

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For such a small island, Aruba has a diverse offering of sites that must be seen. Whether your interests lie in the arts, cultural or military history, or architecture; Aruba’s landmarks aid in making a vacation on the island an unforgettable experience. When you’ve run all out of landmarks, there are even more natural attractions to pique your interests.

Church History and Architecture

Art, architecture, and history combine in Aruba's churches. Built in 1952, The Alto Vista Chapel marks the site of the first Aruban Catholic Church, originally built by Spanish missionaries in 1750. On the way to the Alto Vista, you may pass by the gold mining ruins at Balashi. Other Aruba landmarks include St. Anna Catholic Church, well-known for its beautiful 1870 hand-carved wooden altar. Lourdes Grotto is a religious shrine that was built to honor the Virgin Mary, who is said to have appeared to children at this spot in 1858. The grotto, which is quite small but beautifully built, is usually overflowing with flowers, candles, and incense offered in worship to the Virgin.

Museums

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

In case you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on Aruba. To get more information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

A landmark worth visiting is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is Oranjestad, in western Aruba. Take a free half hour long tour and see the factory which produces moisturizing Aloe Vera gel.

Another common landmark for vacationers is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is located in downtown Oranjestad. Located in downtown Oranjestad, this is both museum and research institution whose purpose is to educate locals and tourists alike about Aruba's colorful history and preserve that knowledge through the generations.

San Nicolas Community Museum: The museum has limited hours, and it is a good idea to call ahead. However, the normal public viewing hours are Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, as well as Thursday and Sunday from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

The following chart provides a few details regarding some museums to consider on the island.

Museums On Aruba
Name Phone Location
Aruba Aloe Balm Museum (297) 588-3222 1.5 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Aruba Model Train Museum (297) 584-7321 0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Lagoville
Aruba Numismatic Museum (297) 582-8831 0.3 mi. East of Downtown Oranjestad
Museo Historico Arubano (297) 582-6099 Downtown Oranjestad
National Archaeological Museum Aruba (297) 582-8879 Downtown Oranjestad
San Nicolas Community Museum -- 1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Lagoville

Historical Sites

Bushiribana

Do you like discovering the historical roots of countries you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions while on vacation in Aruba.

A landmark worth visiting is Bushiribana. It is found in Bushiribana, Aruba. The site of a two former gold smelters built in 1825 by the Aruba Island Gold Mining Company, these ruins are a popular stop for visitors on there way to visit the Natural Bridge, and can't help but snap a few pictures of the unique rock formations.

Many travelers also choose to visit Fort Zoutman. It is located in downtown Oranjestad. This fort warded off English attack in 1799 and is the oldest building on Aruba. Through the years it functioned as many important things, from police station to library.

Balashi Gold Mill Ruins: The ruins of an old gold mill, the old site today is a frequent stop for visitors exploring the area. However, there is little here other than the ruins, so you may need a guide or some background knowledge if you were hoping for historical context.

Glance through the following table for a listing of historic sites on Aruba.

Historic Sites On Aruba
Name Phone Location
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins -- Central Aruba
Bushiribana -- 3.8 mi. East of Central Noord
Fort Zoutman -- Downtown Oranjestad

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors can experience some other interesting local landmarks on the island.

The chart directly below lists a few details regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to vacationers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Aruba
Name Type Location
California Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Tierra Del Sol
Seroe Colorado Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central San Nicolas

Fortunately, Aruba is home to other attraction types. You can go to this extended discussion concerning even more attractions if you want to find out more information.

Full of great sites both above and below ground, Aruba has a little something for unique for every type interest. This is one location where the whole family can find something interesting and enjoyable as they explore.

 

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