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Fort Zoutman

Address: Behind the government complex off L. G. Smith Blvd., Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone Number: 297-8-26099
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Ranked #17 of 26 Attractions in Oranjestad
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and the Bon Bini Festival, a...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner 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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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555 reviews 555 reviews
453 attraction reviews
1,146 helpful votes 1,146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Located in central Oranjestad, Fort Zoutman is an uncommon example of an original colonial structure in the city. I visited on a Tuesday and was given a free fifteen minute tour of the fort itself and the Aruba Historical museum (see separate review) which occupies the majority of the interior. The fort is clearly reconstructed in many areas but one... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Very interesting to see the past in front of you! It only cost $5.00 U.S.D. Many pictures and even the old kitchen quarters!

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Sacramento, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This was a very good show and educational lesson on the culture and history of Aruba and well worth the $5 price!

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Apex, North Carolina
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116 reviews 116 reviews
55 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We attended a local cultural show at this venue. The show was nice and they sold local food made by locals, not by commercial entities. Well worth the time and money and keeps local traditions alive.

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 they have a cultural festival at the fort called Bon Bini Festival. Here they present local and folklore music and dance, as well as local artisans and local food. We LOVED the local food. I'm not sure if they change it up every week or so, but my husband is such a picky eater so we... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is an extremely small history museum, and it has a nominal 5 dollar entrance fee. There are displays with English captions and is air conditioned for those of you looking to beat the heat. I wish there would have been more history on the fort itself, but the museum is focused on items from the past and the people.... More 

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Oshawa, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Worth the five dollar admittance few for true history buffs, not really a place for "shoppers". I found it very interesting learned more about Aruba's past.

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Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The fort hosts the Bon Bini festival every Tuesday night. It is located close to the Renaissance hotel in downtown Oranjestead.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

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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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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