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Address: Fort Oranje Straat | Zoutmanstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba
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297-8-26099
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Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and...

Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and the Bon Bini Festival, a weekly folklore fair.

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My wife spent a few hours here after we were done eating and walking around in the area. We head some steel drum music playing so we went over there and watched the performance of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife spent a few hours here after we were done eating and walking around in the area. We head some steel drum music playing so we went over there and watched the performance of the local culture and the music.

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

When I went here I expected to learn about the history of aruba and the fort. In stead there was a very simple exhibition about hatweaving and nothing else!!! I paid 5 dollar but wouldn't even go there if I was paid 10. This is by far the dullest museum I've ever visited. Too bad, because the fort seems to... More 

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is located inside the fort. IT is quite small and only took a few minutes to check out. For us, the interesting part was getting to climb the tower. It is accessed by a series of wooden ladders, about 6, until you come out on the roof of the tower. You have an amazing view of the city.

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Reeuwijk, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is in a small fort. At the entrance we got an explanation from a guide after that we walked around by our own. There was an exposition about the weaving industry on Aruba. In the past a lot of hats were made. There is a a tower with very steep stairs. On top there is a splendid view... More 

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Harrow
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an old fort and a history museum rolled into one. The staff were extremely helpful in explaining what was on show at the Fort. We climbed the tower first. This is a challenging climb as there are several (5?) floors and the climb is up ship's ladders. The view form the top was very good. There wasn't a... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Fort Zoutman located in Oranjestad, Aruba, is now a small museum with a small entrance charge and its interesting. If you are there on a Tuesday evening they have a show about the culture, Bon Bini Festival. Its a Dutch colonial port. Most of us from Florida are fishing or scuba diving. Other sites Willem 111 Tower & historical museum;... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Every Tuesday night there is a local culture festival at Fort Zoutman called the Bon Bini Festival. The small museum was touching. The festival celebrated local food, singing, dancing, poetry readings and some basic Papiamento (the local language). An excellent introduction to Aruba that goes beyond the shopping, tours and other typical tourist activities.

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Thank ScottHToronto
Arlington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

The fort is tiny and can be seen quickly. However, on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30, there is a show about the culture. There was a small band, some local ladies who danced, a singer, a poet, and finally a small carnival parade. Don't expect a Las Vegas review, but for $5, it was certainly worth it. We didn't... More 

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Cambridge, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

For a small entrance fee, you can visit this museum. It's small but has some interesting things to see and provides a little history into Aruba's past.

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Watersmeet, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We were walking around the town of Oranjestad and found the Fort. On Google maps it is referred to as Fort Orange. Anyway, we took pictures of the exterior, but did not pay the $5 fee to go inside. It was built in 1798 by the Dutch and is the oldest structure on the island. The William III Tower was... More 

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