Historical Sites, Museums & Art

Explore Aruba’s historical sites to gain perspective of the island

and the life of its inhabitants.

California Lighthouse
The California Lighthouse, which was named after a U.S. sailing ship dating from 1916. It has breathtaking, panoramic views.
North end of L. G. Smith Boulevard, Noord, Aruba.
Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins
Aruba had its very own version of the Gold Rush extracting over 3 million pounds of the precious metal. Today the sandstone and coral ruins are all that remain of this once bustling gold mill. Enjoy the picturesque location.
Etnia Nativa
This one of a kind Native Aruban Art Gallery & Museum is a MUST see experience. All art exhibited is created from recycled materials and inspired by the Aruban culture of past.
Alto Vista Chapel
The chapel was built in 1952 on the site of the original, and first, Catholic church built in Aruba in 1750 by a Spanish missionary, Domingo Antonio Silvestre. The bright yellow chapel is reached by a winding road lined with white crosses marking the stations of the cross. It is a special place for peace and contemplation, surrounded by the Aruban countryside.
Fort Zoutman Musuem
The fort, named after Dutch Rear Admiral Johan Arnold Zoutman. Noted as the oldest building in Oranjestad. It has served as both a lighthouse and public clock tower. Open M-F 8:30am - 4:00pm
Cosecha Craft Design Heritage Center
Cosecha is a haven for locally made arts and crafts that provides locals and visitors with a pure representation of the Aruban heritage.
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