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The statue of Princess Wilhelmina (1880-1962; Queen of the Netherlands from 1898 to 1948), in the park named after her, was unveiled in October 1955 by her daughter Juliana, who was on the throne at the time.

History and Culture

You’ll find traces of Aruba’s history and culture on cave walls, pastel façades and the faces of our happy people.

The statue of Princess Wilhelmina (1880-1962; Queen of the Netherlands from 1898 to 1948), in the park named after her, was unveiled in October 1955 by her daughter Juliana, who was on the throne at the time.

From our ancient Caiquetio Indian roots, through Spanish and Dutch rule, to our modern day standing as a constituent country of the Netherlands, Aruba’s history dates back centuries.

It’s what’s made us the proud, diverse collection of over 90 unique nationalities – a melting pot of people all living happily together, welcoming new visitors and old friends with a sunny smile and warm embrace.

Despite a multicultural background, the people of Aruba share a strong national identity buoyed by the success of a healthy economy, a strong educational system and one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean.

 

Adventure

Be surprised by this great escape from the crowds and enjoy the adventure of reaching this beach, a body-boarders’ haven.…


The history of Aruba is a rich and interesting one. From the history of indigenous Caquetios to the Dutch, all have left their mark on the people and the land.

If you’re looking for a travel destination with a great story, try taking historical holidays to Aruba. Explore the many monuments in the centre of Oranjestad, or kick off you historic holiday by visiting one of our museums. You decide!

Craft your very own historical holiday package to experience a journey through time on the One happy island.

Learn More About Aruba's History & Culture

Aerial shot of Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins in Aruba

History of Aruba

Learn a bit about Aruba’s past and how it has shaped the unique island we know today.

National Flag and Anthem Day Celebration in Aruba

The Flag of Aruba

Aruba’s national flag was officially adopted on March 18, 1976, along with the official anthem "Aruba Dushi Tera".

Local fisherman in Aruba

The People of Aruba

Our friendly Aruban people and our penchant for hospitality play a key role in bringing visitors back to Aruba year after year.

Front view of the Alto Vista Chapel in Aruba

Religion in Aruba

Most Arubans are Catholic; however, there are many other religions harmoniously coexisting here.

Aruba's 64th Carnival Celebration

Carnival in Aruba

With its contagious music and electrifying vibe, Carnival is Aruba’s biggest party of the year —and you’re invited!

Two booth attendants at the information booth in Oranjestad.

Tourism in Aruba

With perfect weather, gracious hospitality and spectacular beaches, it’s no wonder Aruba is synonymous with tourism.

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Archaeological Museum

Farmers harvesting aloe in the cunucu.

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Aruba Aloe Museum and Factory

Sideview of the Fort Zoutman tower in Aruba

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Fort Zoutman Historical Museum