Monuments Fund Aruba


There are three organizations in Aruba that deal with everything that involves restoration, protection, maintenance and awareness of Aruban monuments:

  • Monuments Council (Monumentenraad)
  • Monuments Office (Monumentenbureau)
  • Monuments Fund Aruba (Stichting Monumentenfonds Aruba) 

In December 1994 the government of Aruba established the Monuments Council. Shortly thereafter on January 1st, 1996, the Monumentenbureau (monuments office) was established and on June 17, 1996, the Stichting Monumentenfonds Aruba (Monuments Fund Aruba).

All three organizations work directly with the Minister of Culture.

The main objective of Monuments Fund Aruba (SMFA) is to preserve Aruban Monuments.

Monuments Fund Aruba achieves its goal by:

  • Purchasing, acquiring, restoring, renting and maintaining protected monuments.
  • Focusing on awareness about monuments, as an essential part of our cultural heritage, through activities, media, exhibitions, education, etc.
  • Giving advice to monuments owners.

SMFA receives no subsidy from the government.

Each new project must meet certain conditions before it can start:

  • Financing
  • Protection
  • Property
  • Rental agreement

A lease must be signed for each project. The rental income should cover the following costs:

  • Financing
  • Maintenance
  • Insurance
  • Tax and Ground Lease
  • Overhead