Community Museum in San Nicolas

San Nicolas welcomed two new sights in 2013, the renovated Watertoren (Water Tower), a landmark building from the 1930's and the San Nicolas Community Museum. The museum is currently housed in a temporary location just across the San Nicolas bus terminal. Soon the Museum will open in one of San Nicolas' monumental buildings. This exposition gives a preview of the future museum. The idea is to integrate artifacts and items from the San Nicolas community, a representation of colonial and 20th century society in the area.

What is presently on display was acquired from the Odor Family Foundation, a remarkable collection of antiques, art, artifacts, which used to be in the Aruba Antiquities Museum. This collection was rarely on view to the public, only by appointment or on a national holiday. The various items from this extensive collection present a charming picture of past island society. It will be complemented with old photos and artifacts of the San Nicolas community. The Community Museum's first exhibit includes modern art pieces by two artists from San Nicolas, Glenda Heyliger and Irene Peterson and was opened with a tribute to Lord Cobashi, a San Nicolas and Carnival icon.

The project was realized with Fundacion Museo Aruba, which also manages the Museum of History, located at the Willem III Tower/Fort Zoutman. The funds for the museum were provided by TPEF, Tourism Product Enhancement Fund. The building where this historic collection is on display is directly behind the CMB Bank in San Nicolas.

Opening hours

Monday:  closed.

Tuesday, Wednesday Friday and Saturday : 10 - 6 pm

Thursday 2 - 9 pm

Biblioteca Nacional Aruba
George Madurostraat 13
Oranjestad Aruba
Phone +297 582-1580
Fax +297 582-5493

Branch San Nicolas
Peter Stuyvesantstraat z/n
San Nicolas Aruba
Phone +297 584-5277 /
+297 584-3939
Fax +297 584-5004

Dept. Arubiana/Caribiana
Bachstraat 5
Oranjestad Aruba
Phone +297 582-6924

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