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Address: Aoutman St., Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone Number: 8-26099
Description: Museum located in the 18th-century Fort Zoutman, one of the oldest...
Museum located in the 18th-century Fort Zoutman, one of the oldest buildings on Aruba, that tells the story of the island's pre-European and colonial eras.
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Great museum, superb exhibit.

Nestled in the interior courtyard of Fort Zoutman, the Aruba Historical Museum was one of the highlights of my week long stay on the island. If memory serves me correct I believe... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2014
midway42
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

After getting some questionable directions, we found the museum. The air conditioning was nice after walking around town and we paid our $5pp and entered the museum. It was cool that this was an old fort that once faced the water. The exhibits were pretty informative and the museum was pretty small. This would be a nice part of a... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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577 reviews 577 reviews
471 attraction reviews
1,256 helpful votes 1,256 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Nestled in the interior courtyard of Fort Zoutman, the Aruba Historical Museum was one of the highlights of my week long stay on the island. If memory serves me correct I believe admission here is free. After checking in at the front desk I was given a tour of the premises by a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and considerate guide. The... More 

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Seattle, WA
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

There is not much in this museum, but the guides (a $5 donation is requested) are excellent. Though the artifacts are few, if you get a good guide as my husband and I did, we learned more about Aruban history and culture in 40 minutes than we did from reading anything online. Like Oranjestad is mostly post-colonizarion fill, and the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

First, I must admit that I am an Archaeozoologist so this was a must visit. I was quite impressed with the quality of exhibits and the gardens were lovely. I had hoped for more educational labeling for many items on display but being such a small museum, we thought it wonderful. We are also 25 years plus cave explorers and... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

What a pleasant break this nice museum is from the the shopping and heat! This restored historical building gives a nice history of the island and its people. While some of this displays are static, others are interactive. The museum is cool, clean, and quiet. We enjoyed the use of the archeological relics to tell the story of the islands... More 

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Greeneville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

It was well organized and explained. Lots of very interesting exhibits.It tells the history of the island.

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Ottawa, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The museum traced the history of Aruba prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Well worth a visit for a couple of hours.

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Aruba
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a MUST SEE and I enjoyed the tour in this museum and everyone can get a glimpse of Aruba's history. The museum is located in historic Oranjestad.

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Bogotá, Colombia
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The exhibits were informative about early Arubian culture. Not a guided tour, so you can take your time to read and take pictures along the way. Located a easy walk from the bus terminal in downtown. It is very small and for the time of our visit they didn´t have any writen information in english or spanish, but anyway is... More 

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Lepelstraat, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We got a great view about the One Happy Island. To see how it all starts this beautiful Island. What was part of Holland

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