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Historical Museum Fort Zoutman

Fort Oranje Straat | Zoutmanstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 5199
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Small but Historic Fort

It is one of the few places with some history and culture in the downtown area. It's a $5 entrance... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JPVM13
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Please Arubanos! Share your history. And love your land. It is not possible that I find bottles of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Federico G
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New York City, New York
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Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and the Bon Bini Festival, a weekly folklore fair.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good40%
  • Average27%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Fort Oranje Straat | Zoutmanstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is one of the few places with some history and culture in the downtown area. It's a $5 entrance fee with a small exhibit on the hat weaving industry that was prevalent in Aruba until the WWII. The climb up the tower is worth...More

Thank JPVM13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Please Arubanos! Share your history. And love your land. It is not possible that I find bottles of beer or plastic bottles everywhere in the island. Have a little respect for what is yours!

1  Thank Federico G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In 1798 the Dutch built Ft. Zoutman, now the oldest structure on the island of Aruba. As expected, it's located near the waterfront of Oranjestad and can be easily identified by the Willem III Tower that was added to the west side of the fort...More

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

Cool little stop, the huz and I were yearning for culture on this over commercialized island. We found a bit! This fort was converted into a museum. It is really really tiny. The exhibits are mostly about weaving which used to be big business back...More

1  Thank caitlin726
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Visited this site as it is in town. Guide was very informative. Gave a great overview of the fort and it's significance. Learned about Panama Hat making!

1  Thank parrots2
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Five dollars admission gets you a look at the interior of an historic fort as well as a museum. The museum had displays of old artifacts from early in the island's occupation, and displays about weaving and art from local artists. If you have the...More

2  Thank Daniel C
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The hat making and weaving displays amazing. The guide and talk on the history of great interest. The way the fort has been restored to illustrate the history of Aruba is brilliant.

3  Thank David R
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Went there last week Tuesday for Bonbini Festival. My husband and I enjoyed the show. We learned some new basic words. The host was very entertaining. One of the performers, "Beach" was very entertaining. The pastechi they sold at the festival wasn't very tasty and...More

Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 8 September 2017

If yo like to take idea about the Arubian Culture visit this warm place, for enjoy a typical music and Arubian food. Their have some interesting souvenirs.

Thank asmatci
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Small museum with mostly information on the Panama hat industry. For us this was very interesting as my wife's grandfather was in this industry and she grew up with hats. You sit in the courtyard of an old small fort and someone gives historical information...More

Thank Janbeau
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