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

If you like to learn about other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time on Aruba. To read additional information about each museum, you can click on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit 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.

Attractions Map

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is located in downtown Oranjestad. Artifacts here shed light on the origins of the first inhabitants of the island and then tour you through the centuries to the cultural landscape today.

San Nicolas Community Museum: The main focus of the museum is indeed San Nicholas and Aruban history, showcasing exhibits that offer insights to how the people lived and how communities functioned. In addition though, the museum also features prehistoric fossils, original international art work, as well as first-hand accounts and primary sources of world events.

The chart right below enables you to get a few details regarding some museums you might enjoy 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

Like exploring the historical roots of places you visit? If so, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites during your time in Aruba.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit 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.

Another landmark worth visiting is 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.

Review the table below 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

Vacationers can discover some other intriguing places to visit on Aruba.

Some of the other kinds of landmarks on the island are provided in the table below.

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

Bear in mind that you can find other kinds attractions available. For a more thorough discussion of other attractions, click here.

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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