Oranjestad Landmarks

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Named for the Dutch Royal Family which was in power during the colonization of the island, Oranjestad is the island's capital city and the center of government and culture.  When you aren't marveling at the multicolored buildings that line the streets, you can take the time to go inside some of them and tour the museums and historic homes. Of course, you won't want to miss the chance to check out the fort which once protected the island which is on the coast right downtown.  


National Archaeological Museum Aruba

If you like to expand your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. You can click on the museum names to get full details.

A common landmark for vacationers is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is found in northern Oranjestad. Aloe is arguable Aruba's most significant export and an important aspect of the island's economy. Since aloe was brought to Aruba in 1890, the industry has flourished here and Aruban aloe can now be found worldwide.

Attractions Map

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is found 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.

Museo Historico Arubano: The Historical Museum of Aruba follows Aruban history from the first settlers to modern day, showcasing some of the island's greatest achievements, as well as its most difficult challenges. Founded in 1983, three years before Aruba's independence, the museum would play a crucial role in preserving the island's heritage.

The table below provides you with some details regarding some available museums in and around Oranjestad.

Museums In and Around Oranjestad
Name Phone Location
Aruba Aloe Balm Museum (297) 588-3222 1.5 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad
Aruba Model Train Museum (297) 584-7321 San Nicolas, 9.6 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad
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 -- 9.9 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad

Historical Sites

Fort Zoutman

If you enjoy experiencing the history of a foreign place, you might want to visit one or two of these historical attractions during your stay.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit Bushiribana. It is located in Bushiribana, 4.2 mi. Northeast of central Oranjestad. 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.

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 this table for more information about sites of historical interest in and around Oranjestad.

Historic Sites In and Around Oranjestad
Name Phone Location
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins -- 4.3 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad
Bushiribana -- Bushiribana, 4.2 mi. Northeast of Central Oranjestad
Fort Zoutman -- Downtown Oranjestad

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors will discover some other intriguing sites to visit close to Oranjestad.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Oranjestad
Name Type Location Island
California Lighthouse Lighthouse 6.9 mi. North of Central Oranjestad Aruba

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