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Historical Museum Fort Zoutman

Zoutmanstraat 6, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 5199
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Very small

The museum itself consists of Fort Zoutman and the William III Tower. Not really much to see inside... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Levon M
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Cary, North Carolina
Small but neat place.

Went over for the National Flag Day festivities. Had always seen this place but never stopped in... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2018
Stu C
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Vineland, New Jersey
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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 good37%
  • Average27%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Zoutmanstraat 6, Oranjestad, Aruba
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+297 588 5199
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum itself consists of Fort Zoutman and the William III Tower. Not really much to see inside or outside. You can pay to climb the open stairs to the top of the Tower but we decided not to. Those that did said the top...More

Thank Levon M
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Went over for the National Flag Day festivities. Had always seen this place but never stopped in. We waited in line to go up the top of the tower. Steep, open stairs lead up to a wonderful view of the city. Downstairs is a small...More

Thank Stu C
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

The fort is interesting, but it only takes a few minutes to go through the museum. The museum, itself, is disappointing.

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

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

Thank truthseeker41
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

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

Thank Steve1362
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

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 18 January 2018 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

Thank Katie B
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Reviewed 2 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 22 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 15 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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