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History & Culture

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

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.

Culture

Experience remnants of Aruba's gold history at various sites throughout the island, including gold mines and gold mills.…


Aruba’s history isn’t confined to a museum. It’s embedded in the features of every smiling face. It’s sculpted deeply into the rocks and gold mill ruins and Oranjestad sculptures that have endured for generations. Historic vacations to Aruba bring you face to face with our incredible story. View our historical vacation packages, or build your Aruba historical vacation to explore the centuries and stories of our happy home.

Arts & Culture

Aruba’s culture comes alive in the spirited rhythms, art, and dance that fill our streets, homes, galleries, and hearts.

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History

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

Aruba Flag

The flag of Aruba was officially adopted on March 18, 1976, along with the official anthem "Aruba Dushi Tera".

People of Aruba

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

Religion

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

Carnival in Aruba

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

Aruba Tourism

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

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Go Back in Time

Throwback Thursdays: History of Aruba

In the Fontein cave situated in the Arikok National Park and at the Ayo Rock Formation you can see the Arawak drawings and carvings.

News

Aruba Art Fair has officially launched with a Micro Art Fair

Aruba Art Fair - Official Launch

Featured Historical and Cultural Activities

Families

San Nicolas Community Museum

Families

Archaeological Museum

Culture

Museum of Industry

Families

Fort Zoutman Historical Museum

Adventure

Arikok National Park

Adventure

Gold Mine Ranch Aruba