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

Assuming you like to learn about other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Oranjestad. To learn additional information about each museum, click on the name.

One popular destination is Aruba Aloe Balm Museum. It is situated 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

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit National Archaeological Museum Aruba. It is located within 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.

Museo Historico Arubano: The museum is open on weekdays only, from 8:30am until 4:00pm.

The following table provides you with some details concerning museums you might enjoy 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

Do you enjoy learning some of the historical roots of foreign countries? If that's the case, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions while on vacation in Oranjestad.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors 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.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is 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.

Take some time to look through the chart below to read more 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 may discover some other intriguing local landmarks nearby.

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

Keep in mind, there are plenty of other types of attractions. Anyone who needs to find more details concerning other attractions here.


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