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.
Art, architecture, and history combine in Aruba's churches. Built in 1952, Themarks 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.
If you enjoy learning about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time on Aruba. To see more information concerning each museum, you can click on the name.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is Oranjestad, in western Aruba. Monday to Friday tours are offer from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Saturday tours run from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon.
Another common landmark for vacationers is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is found within 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 San Nicolas Community Museum is is a small museum offering a very large amount of information to anyone who asks for it. Despite its name, the San Nicholas Community Museum has exhibits that span around the entire globe and all eras of the world's history.
The chart right below enables you to learn some key facts concerning some museums worth checking out on Aruba.
|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|
If you enjoy experiencing the history of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions during your stay.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Bushiribana. It is situated 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 common landmark for vacationers is Fort Zoutman. It is found 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.
Be sure to look at this table to read more about sites of historical interest on the island.
|Balashi Gold Mill Ruins||--||Central Aruba|
|Bushiribana||--||3.8 mi. East of Central Noord|
|Fort Zoutman||--||Downtown Oranjestad|
Visitors will experience some other intriguing sites worth visiting on the island.
Other types of landmarks on the island are listed down below.
|Lighthouse||1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Tierra Del Sol|
|Lighthouse||3.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central San Nicolas|
Keep in mind that Aruba includes additional attraction types. Follow this link to see our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for Aruba.
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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