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Archaeological Museum

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You’ll be amazed at what has been preserved in time in Oranjestad town centre in the historic Ecury family home, now a museum.

The renovated historic Ecury complex in central 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, now housing a 21st century museum especially designed to preserve valuable artefacts.

Special technology allows visitors to take an active role in discovering the past. Indian artefacts dating back the Pre-Ceramic period of 2500 BC are on display for your discovery.

Also of interest is the cistern used by the Ecury family to store rainwater gathered from the roof. Exhibits 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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