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Fort Zoutman

Behind the government complex off L. G. Smith Blvd., Oranjestad, Aruba
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Ranked #7 of 27 attractions in Oranjestad
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and the Bon Bini Festival, a weekly folklore fair.
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English first
Columbia, South Carolina
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362 reviews 362 reviews
294 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

sure it's not a big fort-but its well maintained. I love forts and found this one enjoyable. nice cannons, and the inner and outer walls look good. nice museum inside explains the colonial history of the island

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We went here before we left Aruba and it was definitely a nice way to end the trip. It's an old fort turned museum. It's also where the Bon Bini festival is held. It was very interesting and I learned a lot about the history of Aruba. The signs about the artifacts, area, etc. are in multiple languages- English, Spanish... More

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

This fort showed the history of the settlers of the island, rather than the natives on the island before it was settled. The museum dedicated to the natives wasn't open the day we were there (not open on Monday). This museum was interesting. The relics and historical items were reminiscent of colonial american historical items. Still, was charming and well... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a cool place where you can learn some of the Aruba History for the past 100 years. It is on the small side and it is very intimate, so visiting it is really worth it, It won't take much of your time. Worth a visit

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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316 reviews 316 reviews
167 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We liked learning some of the history of Aruba at this old fort converted into a museum. It houses a diverse group of artifacts quite well described (in English) on large placards. It's also air-conditioned so a nice pleasant break on a hot day. Cost us $5 each.

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Parkland, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Stumbled upon this treasure by accident while doing my morning power walk! I was attracted to the beautiful architecture of the building itself with its colorful façade! There is a historical museum inside with centuries of history. I was so intrigued and pleasantly surprised! On Tuesday nights tourists are invited to the fort for the island’s Welcome Party, the Bon... More

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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

wonderful open air museum loaded with history and culture. This was the site of the bon bini festival and it was a small intimate way to submerge yourself in Aruban culture.

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Port Perry, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting attraction, reasonable price as it doesn't take more than an hour to view. Staff very informative. Alittle bit of history.

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

The dancers wear festive costumes and dance the native dances. Very nice and educational. The Carnival Dance is wonderful & COSTUMES ARE BEAUTIFUL.The local people make special items and you may purchase them if you like. You can also purchase some of their island dishes.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The museum is small but it is worth the visit and will give you some insight on life on Aruba for over 100 years ago.

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