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Numismatic Museum

In 1955, Aruban resident Mario Odor - while digging in his garden - unearthed two rare 18th Century coins. So began a hobby that has transformed into a remarkable public display, of nearly 40,000 coins and bank notes from all over the world. Opened in 1981, Aruba's Numismatic Museum is a winning tourist attraction, and a fascinating insight into the history of modern civilisation. The expertly-organised, meticulously-ordered collections allow visitors to view currency used by the Roman and Byzantine empires, Chinese and Indian dynasties, Feudal Europe, and even 'special issues' used in Nazi concentration camps. Guided tours are also available, run by informed and enthusiastic numismatists. Although Mr. Odor has sadly passed away, his amazing collection lives on, leaving visitors to Aruba with a renewed appreciation of the world's economic history.

Information & Facts

Address

Weststraat, Oranjestad (next to the central bus station)

Admission

$5 (adults), free for children. Admission price includes a souvenir coin

Language

The official language in Aruba is Dutch but English and Spanish are taught in school and are also widely spoken. Some French is also understood. Most islanders also speak the native language Papiamento.

Money

The official currency is the Aruban Florin (AWG), which is divided into 100 cents. The Florin is tied to the US Dollar. US currency is accepted everywhere and other major currencies can be exchanged at banks. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted and there are ATMs in Oranjestad. Travellers cheques are also widely accepted and it is best to have cheques in US dollars or Euros to avoid additional charges.

Opening Times

Open Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm

Time

Local time in Aruba is GMT -4.

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