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The renovated historic Ecury complex in downtown Oranjestad has been transformed from a family home to a modern museum that preserves Aruba’s Amerindian cultural heritage. The oldest part is a cunucu house built in 1870 by the grandparents of Boy Ecury, a young Aruban hero of World War II who lived in the house from 1922 – 1937. The newest section is a large mansion built in 1929. Great care has been taken to preserve the beauty and historic character of the original buildings that house the welcome area, cafeteria, educational center and offices. They are now integrated with a new building housing a state-of-the-art 21st century museum especially designed to preserve valuable artifacts. The three periods of Amerindian habitation are documented: Pre-Ceramic period of 2500 BC – 1000 AD when semi-nomadic bands of Amerindians migrated from the South or Central American mainland; Ceramic Period of the Caquetio Indians, the hunters-fishers-gatherers who inhabited Aruba from 900 – 1515 AD until enslaved and taken to Hispaniola; and the Historic Period from 1515 – 1880 AD. Special technology allows visitors to take an active role in discovering the past. The daily routines of island dwellers from thousands of years ago come alive through film and audio presentations. The Amerindians left behind ornaments, shells, ceramics, amulets and burial practices. The first floor is devoted to the lifestyle of the early inhabitants of the Ceramic Period. The built-to-scale maloca hut of the Caquetio Indians dominates the main gallery; the second floor is dedicated to cultural and religious practices and the influences of neighboring societies on mainland South America. Of special interest is the cistern used by the Ecury family to store rainwater gathered from the roof. Expositions include a film on ancient Amerindian life from the Field Museum in Chicago and works by contemporary island artists with historical themes.

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Number of user reviews:34.6
  • Archaeological Museum

    The place was still under construction when we visited. Nonetheless it was a great place to visit to learn about the history and the culture of early inhabitants of Aruba. Would love to visit when the museum is completed. The whole family enjoyed it.

  • Archaeological Museum

    I am very interested in history and took an ethnoarcheology class in college where we spent a good deal of the semester talking about the Amerindian peoples. it was great for me to have the chance to visit the Archaeological Museum. A must see for history buffs.

  • Archaeological Museum

    very nice. great place to learn the history of Aruba. and it is free.

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Archaeological Museum
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Address:

42 Schelpstraat

Aruba
Telephone: +297-582-8979
Website: Visit the website
Hours
WeekdaysFrom 09:00AM to 12:00PM
From 01:30PM to 04:30PM
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