Museo Arqueologico Nacional Aruba unveils its Summer Vacation Program

Aruba’s Archeological Museum unveiled its Summer Vacation Program recently presenting the public with a diverse array of youth-oriented activities.

Parents are hereby encouraged to enroll their children in order to broaden their horizons in the Summer and put the time spent on vacation to good use, into physical activity and cultural enrichment

The modern, state of the art museum, in the heart of Oranjestad, houses the island’s relics of the past and also serves as a vibrant community center and a hub of culture, art and education.

Inspired by the American first lady Michelle Obama the Let’s Move, Museums & Gardens activity was conceived for the summer of 2011 and scheduled to debut on July 8th.      

In partnership with the Historical Museum, Arikok National Park, UNOCA, MetaCorp and the Department of Culture, Aruba’s Archeological Museum will present a fun day on July 8th, brimming with physical activities, designed to get the students moving and active during their vacation.

 The Project Coordinator for Move Your Body, a US educated Exercise Science graduate, Shardea Croes elaborated on the Summer Vacation activity targeting three different age-groups, in three activity cycles, sharing just one theme, namely Movement within Landscape.

The first cycle for students ages 14 to 17, will be taking place July 11 to 15 and will include a flashlight tour of the museum and a scavenger hunt at Arikok park, as well as a drama workshop with John Freddy Montoya.

The second cycle for students ages 10 to 13 will take place July 18 to July 22 and will include banner painting at UNOCA, gold scavenging at Arikok Park, and a hunting competition at the Archeological museum, recreating the island’s former inhabitants, the Amer-Indian life-style.

The third cycle for student ages 6 to 9 will take place July 27 to Aug 1 and will include story telling at Unoca, a visit to expositions, and a presentation of traditional dances at the Historical Museum.

Those interested may contact 582 8879 and ask for Shardea Croes, or e-mail her at

Beside Move your Body, and Movement within Landscape, the museum is planning an art exhibition titled Transformation in Landscape, an interesting show curated by Elvis Lopez, of Atelier 89. Lopez picked a number of promising young local artist to exhibit their contemporary work at the museum, work dedicated to nature, recycling, and organic materials. The upcoming artists Priscilla Lacle, Johannes Donati, Angelina Henriquez and Wouter van Romondt, will each show 3 works.

The press conference at the Archeological Museum was conducted by Marguerita Wever who informed the press that last year more than 600 students participated in the museum’s summer program and for 2011 students are invited to participate for as little as Awg 25 per activity cycle, which includes a daily snack.

Pictured here, the press conference at the Museum with Shardea Croes, Marguerita Wever, Priscilla Lacle and a group of youngsters who made a presentation of behalf of Move Your body.