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Historical Museum Fort Zoutman

Zoutmanstraat 6, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 5199
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It's Downhill After the Tower Climb

The Museum was a disappointment. Immediately after you pay the $5 entrance fee you can climb 7 or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
truthseeker41
Very Small but Interesting

Built in 1796, Fort Zoutman is the oldest intact structure in Aruba and now houses the small Aruba... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve1362
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Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and the Bon Bini Festival, a weekly folklore fair.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good38%
  • Average27%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Zoutmanstraat 6, Oranjestad, Aruba
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"bon bini festival"
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"tuesday night"
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"clock tower"
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"hat making"
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"on display"
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"panama hat"
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"small entrance fee"
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"colonial period"
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"worth a visit"
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"local language"
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"nice visit"
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"small tour"
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"great overview"
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"downtown oranjestad"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum was a disappointment. Immediately after you pay the $5 entrance fee you can climb 7 or 8 flights of steep stairs to the top of the observation tower. The view on top is worth the climb as you are higher than most of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Built in 1796, Fort Zoutman is the oldest intact structure in Aruba and now houses the small Aruba Historical Museum which tells the story of Aruba’s history, especially the colonial period when most residents were aloe vera farmers or fisherman. The attached tower, Willem III...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the oldest structures left on the island. Gives you some history of the island and of the Dutch Colonists that leaved here. Not a large exhibit but something to see.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We came across this museum unexpectedly while we were exploring the town. It’s a nice visit, you get a small tour from a staff member then are free to roam around as you wish. There are pictures, structures, artefacts and stories to read while you...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

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
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

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
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Reviewed 29 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
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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
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Reviewed 1 November 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
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