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Address: Open Air Museum Fort Nieuw Amsterdam | Wilhelminastraat, New Amsterdam, Commewijne, Nieuw Amsterdam, Suriname
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+597 322-225

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Fort, Prison, Museum

In a strategic location at the confluence of the rivers Suriname and Commewijne was built in the 18th century a fort, called Nieuw Amsterdam, to protect the plantations further... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

In a strategic location at the confluence of the rivers Suriname and Commewijne was built in the 18th century a fort, called Nieuw Amsterdam, to protect the plantations further inland. It was built as a pentagon with 5 bastions, of which remains can still be seen. Later the fort was turned into a prison and finally into an open-air-museum, which... More 

Thank saronic
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice to stroll in the outside areas, some good info about the place and its history but the way it is presented can be much improved and innovated. Still a good afternoon spending especially if you travel there by boat.

Thank Olivia K
Winnipeg, Canada
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855 reviews
275 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Crossing the river from Paramaribo to visit Nieuw Amsterdam is a must for anyone interested in the history of the colony. It is a well preserved attraction, and adds to the understanding of the defence of this remote and isolated land. There are day tours available, and also one can simply take a ferry across from the city and wander... More 

Thank MaxGlobetrotter
Leiden, The Netherlands
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2 reviews
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Nice and neatly kept museum with beautifully restored tropical buildings and lots of tropical trees and flowers. Informative and fun for kids. Not far from Paramaribo.

Thank Jan K
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Very interesting place with lot's of history: slavery and colonial/plantation period. Impressive. You can also visit an old planters house. Nice location. We rented a bike in Paramaribo and crossed the river at Leonsberg Jetty with a watertaxi. You can take your bike with you on the boat. The boats go on irregular times. It's a nice trip.

1 Thank Kim01263
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

This place feels like more of a park as opposed to a fort. It costs 12.50srd to entry which allows you entry to some museums most of the information is in Dutch only some areas have English as well. The museums are small and there is not too much left of the fort, however there are some buildings left. The... More 

1 Thank Chloe C
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283 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

It's not a fort in the sense of walls and parapets...more of a military installation surrounded by a soil berm. There are 2 powder magazines and an old jail to see. The other structures are gone. There are some useful exhibits on plantation and slave history. Be Sure to visit the new Telecommunications Museum by the fort entrance. The exhibits... More 

1 Thank Film G
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328 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2015

This fort, which is still not fully preserved, contains a number of interesting old buildings and fortifications. There is a walking trail around. Of particular interest is the gunpowder magazine, which looks like a church and is carefully designed not to allow sparks to enter if it came under fire. There is also an old lightship which used to mark... More 

1 Thank OceanWanderer
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219 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

This piece of Surinamese history is being neglected. Signs need to be redone as many are so faded that they are barely legible. The government should take the lead in preserving its historical timepieces. It is not that easy to access. We took a boat across the river while the driver waited for us.

1 Thank ptyduke
The Hague, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

Visited Fort Nieuw Amsterdam in october (very hot so bring a hat), walking past all the guns gave a new perspective on the history of Suriname. A must see when you are in Suriname, you can combine a visit with a bike ride.

1 Thank Peter v

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