The oldest part of Aruba’s cultural heritage is on display at the Aruba Archaeological Museum. The permanent collection covers from the Pre-Ceramic period of 2500 BC. to the 19th century, and includes ceramic objects, shells and stone tools and ornaments.
Aruba first visited humans about 4,500 years ago. It was inhabited 2500 years ago, probably by people who came from the mainland by canoe. They did not live permanently in one place, but rather moved from one place to another in family groups of 10 to 15 members. They hunted small animals, fished and gathered shellfish and fruit for food.
The Aruba Archaeological Museum opened in 1981 and in 2009, moved to a new location and reopened as the Aruba National Archaeological Museum.