Museums in Aruba

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The tiny island of Aruba, for obvious reasons of size, has few museums. However, the museums it has are quite unique. Where else in the world would you find a museum dedicated to aloe, or one created due to one man's love for coin and money collecting? Besides these specialty museums, Aruba also has the typical museums of both history and archaeology.

The Aruba Aloe Factory

The Aruba Aloe Factory and Museum Tour, makes for an excellent visit, especially if you have some sunburn! Being as aloe was once the economic basis of Aruba, it's obviously an important part of the island's history. It has been cultivated there since 1890. The museum was built right where the original factory was set; you'll learn all about the healing properties of aloe, the laxative properties of aloe, and how it's made, and at the end of the tour, you can also buy some for yourself. An adult ticket costs $8 and a child ticket costs $4. The museum is closed on Sundays.

The Numismatic Museum of Aruba

The Numismatic Museum of Aruba was founded by a man who has a true passion for coin collecting. There are over 40,000 forms of money from all over the world there, some of which go back to 5,000 B.C. You can even see the local shell currency from the 15th Century. Children enter free, adults pay $5.

The Museum of Antiquities

Also, don't miss the distinctive Museum of Antiquities with its 23 showrooms displaying antiques from Aruba and South America, or the newly renovated Archaeological Museum, with the largest collection of Amerindian artifacts in the Caribbean.

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