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Address: Fort Zoutman | Historical Muaseum, Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone Number: +297 582 2185

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Attended the Bon Bini festival which is held on Tuesday evenings @ the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum located in the downtown area. The cost is $5 pp. When you enter there are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Attended the Bon Bini festival which is held on Tuesday evenings @ the Fort Zoutman Historical Museum located in the downtown area. The cost is $5 pp. When you enter there are vendors in a small alcove area with jewelry, ceramic goods, etc... There is also island food/drinks. The festival is a great way to learn about Aruba's culture and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very welcoming experience. Fun way to learn about the island, culture and pick up some vocabulary. I thought it was extremely hard to find authentic island-made items while visiting the island BUT I found 2 artists at the festival, one painter and one jewelry-maker. There were other vendors as well. I'd recommend at least stopping in to get an authentic... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Just returned from 8 days in Aruba and stopped by the Bonbini Festival on Tuesday at 7 PM. The admission was $5 US. We arrived a few minutes late but were still able to find seats. The program started with a little history of the island, the people and the language and then taught you a few of the common... More 

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Middletown, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

We attended the festival where we were exposed to some music, dancing,and singing from the local talent. It was a great way to expose my children to a different culture. We all enjoyed it! The history fo the fort area was interesting too. The food smelled great but we had already eaten. A fun "inexpensive" night!

Thank happytraveler201644
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

The festival is held every Tuesday night 5$ pp. It is in the courtyard of an old fort, kinda cool. Good local food and drinks are also for sale. You learn a little Papamento, hear local bands, poets and see dancers. We stayed about an hour.

1 Thank cheryl l
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

The show is in an old fort, Fort Zoutman, in the capital Oranjestad. Close to the harbour. There are old cannons there: nice for pictures! You can buy typical food and drinks, artcrafts, etc. The show varies with dance, poetry, live music, etc. About 2-3 hours. Buy ticket at the entrance. If I am not mistaken, the show is only... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

If you want some cultural aspects to your trip this is a must. Singing, dancing, poetry and some history. Lasts about 2 hours and definitely worth the $5 admission.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

This was awesome! I was able to see some very traditional dances, hear live music, live poetry, learn the langauge, and see a live drum line perform while eating some local eats and buying local crafts. Check it out every Tuesday downtown!

1 Thank Krystal B
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

So hokey. Unfortunately I had to bite my tongue to stop from laughing even though the performers and audience were serious about the performances. It was so bad I left early.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

I was so excited about this show. Aruba was my first country to visit other than my own and I was very curious about the people, the language and the music of the island. This show delivered! I was so glad we went and that I was able to share the experience with my family!

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