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.
In case you like to expand your knowledge of other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To read more information about each museum, you can click on the name.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is found in northern Oranjestad. Monday to Friday tours are offer from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Saturday tours run from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon.
Another landmark worth visiting is National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is located within downtown Oranjestad. Open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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 chart directly below has some details regarding the available museums in and around the area.
|Aruba Aloe Balm Museum||(297) 588-3222||1.5 mi. North of Downtown Oranjestad|
|Aruba Model Train Museum||(297) 584-7321||San Nicolas, 10.5 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||--||10.8 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad|
In case you like to learn about the historical roots of foreign countries, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions during your time in Oranjestad.
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 found within Bushiribana, 4.6 mi. East-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.
View this table to find out more about historical sites in and around the area.
|Balashi Gold Mill Ruins||--||5.2 mi. Southeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Bushiribana||--||Bushiribana, 4.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Oranjestad|
|Fort Zoutman||--||Downtown Oranjestad|
Vacationers will discover some other intriguing sites close to Oranjestad.
|Lighthouse||6.2 mi. North of Central Oranjestad||Aruba|
If you would prefer having a wider range of points of interest beyond just these, you should look farther afield. For more about other attractions, follow this link.
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