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Historical Museum Fort Zoutman

Zoutmanstraat 6, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 5199
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Small but worthwhile.

We love visiting museums while on our travels and this little gem was worth it. The climb up the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erin W
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Naples, Florida
Very small

The museum itself consists of Fort Zoutman and the William III Tower. Not really much to see inside... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2018
Levon M
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Cary, North Carolina
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Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and the Bon Bini Festival, a weekly folklore fair.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good38%
  • Average27%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Zoutmanstraat 6, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love visiting museums while on our travels and this little gem was worth it. The climb up the clock tower is for the brave, but the view from the top is spectacular.

Thank Erin W
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

The museum itself consists of Fort Zoutman and the William III Tower. Not really much to see inside or outside. You can pay to climb the open stairs to the top of the Tower but we decided not to. Those that did said the top...More

Thank Levon M
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Mariana P, Manager at Historical Museum Fort Zoutman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback Levon. I kindly invite you to come back to the museum for a guided tour, so we can show you everything that we have to offer. Looking forward to having another opportunity to present our history. Sincerely, Mariana Manager Historical...More

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Went over for the National Flag Day festivities. Had always seen this place but never stopped in. We waited in line to go up the top of the tower. Steep, open stairs lead up to a wonderful view of the city. Downstairs is a small...More

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Mariana P, Manager at Historical Museum Fort Zoutman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words Stu. We hope that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and look forward to having you back as a guest. Sincerely, Mariana Manager Historical Museum

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

The fort is interesting, but it only takes a few minutes to go through the museum. The museum, itself, is disappointing.More

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Mariana P, Manager at Historical Museum Fort Zoutman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback Brimsmith. I kindly invite you to come back to the museum for an extended guided tour, so we can show you everything that we have to offer. Looking forward to having you back at the museum and present to you...More

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Reviewed February 9, 2018

The Museum was a disappointment. Immediately after you pay the $5 entrance fee you can climb 7 or 8 flights of steep stairs to the top of the observation tower. The view on top is worth the climb as you are higher than most of...More

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Mariana P, Manager at Historical Museum Fort Zoutman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback Truthseeker41. I kindly invite you to come back to the museum for an extended guided tour, so we can show you everything that we have to offer. Looking forward to having you back at the museum and present to you...More

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Reviewed February 8, 2018

Built in 1796, Fort Zoutman is the oldest intact structure in Aruba and now houses the small Aruba Historical Museum which tells the story of Aruba’s history, especially the colonial period when most residents were aloe vera farmers or fisherman. The attached tower, Willem III...More

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Mariana P, Manager at Historical Museum Fort Zoutman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words Steve. We hope that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and look forward to having you back as a guest. Sincerely, Mariana Manager Historical Museum

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Reviewed January 24, 2018

One of the oldest structures left on the island. Gives you some history of the island and of the Dutch Colonists that leaved here. Not a large exhibit but something to see.More

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Mariana P, Manager at Historical Museum Fort Zoutman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback Jwcorbett. I kindly invite you to come back to the museum for a guided tour, so we can show you everything that we have to offer. Looking forward to having another opportunity to present our history. Sincerely, Mariana Manager Historical...More

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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

We came across this museum unexpectedly while we were exploring the town. It’s a nice visit, you get a small tour from a staff member then are free to roam around as you wish. There are pictures, structures, artefacts and stories to read while you...More

Thank Katie B
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Mariana P, Manager at Historical Museum Fort Zoutman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words Katie. We hope that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and look forward to having you back as a guest. Sincerely, Mariana Manager Historical Museum

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Reviewed January 2, 2018

It is one of the few places with some history and culture in the downtown area. It's a $5 entrance fee with a small exhibit on the hat weaving industry that was prevalent in Aruba until the WWII. The climb up the tower is worth...More

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Mariana P, Manager at Historical Museum Fort Zoutman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words JPVM13. We hope that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and look forward to having you back as a guest. Sincerely, Mariana Manager Historical Museum

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

Please Arubanos! Share your history. And love your land. It is not possible that I find bottles of beer or plastic bottles everywhere in the island. Have a little respect for what is yours!

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