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Fort Zoutman

Behind the government complex off L. G. Smith Blvd., Oranjestad, Aruba
297-8-26099
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Ranked #10 of 26 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
Apex, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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20 reviews 20 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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372 reviews 372 reviews
297 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Montreal
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
79 helpful votes 79 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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