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Address: Behind the government complex off L. G. Smith Blvd., Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone Number: 297-8-26099
Description: Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and...
Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and the Bon Bini Festival, a weekly folklore fair.
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Get a feel of local folklore.

Every Tuesday there is a show with some locally made art ( artists are present) and lots of dancing and singing by local dancers. low entrance fee.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Marcel N
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Oranjestad, Aruba
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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201 reviews 201 reviews
91 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Dutch built this fort centuries ago and it has some historical interest, but there isn't very much to see once you get inside. There are a couple of displays with a handful of old artifacts (and some more modern ones), but you won't miss much if you skip the admission and check it out from the street.

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

One a week the put on a show with local dancers, sings musians and a brief history of the island. food and drink avalible. IT WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Every Tuesday there is a show with some locally made art ( artists are present) and lots of dancing and singing by local dancers. low entrance fee.

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Ended up here on a rainy morning - small but nice, from the top of the tower you can get a nice view of Oranjestad. $5 admission makes it hard to beat.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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55 attraction reviews
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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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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
30 helpful votes 30 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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