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Address: Fort Oranje Straat | Zoutmanstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone Number: 297-8-26099
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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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This is a little Fort, not a whole ton to see but there are artifacts and cool relics from Aruba's history. On Tuesday they host the Bon Bini festival which is a cultural welcome... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
catg923
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Maine
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Hamburg, Germany
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there during the lunch heat in Oranjestad. The museum had an interesting exhibition on local textiles. The staff also took us to the top of the tower to explain us the sights and buildings in Oranjestad.

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Thank Echologist
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Made very welcome by The great great grandaughter, Joasy, of the Lieutennant who guarded the fort during the 1800s with 12-15 soldiers! Lucky enough to get a roof top view with guide Carlos who rang the bell. Grand view of Oranjestaad.Museum, airconditioned , traditional weaving history of the island and a contemporary art exhibition! We then attended the Bon Bini... More 

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Thank Jooles B
Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We visit this every year - wonderful small historic fort with changing temporary exhibits. Well worth the visit.

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Thank Janet_and_Jerry
Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This is a little Fort, not a whole ton to see but there are artifacts and cool relics from Aruba's history. On Tuesday they host the Bon Bini festival which is a cultural welcome experience for tourists. You can enter the museum and "festival" for $5/person. Inside they have about 6-10 local vendors selling art, local coffee, baked goods and... More 

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df, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Aruba is a paradise in the middle of the caribbean, very clean Island, extremely nice people, you can take a tour and go round the island in a few hours, also you can walk and see the stores on the street, and make a good shopping

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norfolk
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Cost 10 dollars for the 2 of us! It was an absolutely waste of the 5 minutes we spent in there! They should let u donate, after you have been around and seen literally nothing but weaving and straw hats! We struggled to stretch it to 5 minutes too! Not good!

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Thank dianasmith
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Well when we got there there's graffiti all over the outside wall. Not really how you should treat your country's historical places. Then when we got to the entrance there were 3 young boy hanging out - turns out one worked the entrance. He seemed surprised anyone wanted to go it. We asked if it was worth it and he... More 

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Thank MorganClayton
Buren, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Fort Oranje has a good display of Aruba's past. Nice rooms, well kept grounds. The collection is very eclectic and has been given enough information to place it within the history of Aruba. I liked wandering around the place.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Every Tuesday evening they have a show that's about an hour long called The Bon Bini. The cost is $5, and consist of music by a local band and local dancers that perform cultural island dances and music. Well worth the price great entertainment for the family.

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Thank 92lawrencer
Kansas City, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

This is the oldest building on the island, and has served as a lighthouse, post office, and watch tower. There was an exhibit on the history of the island's weaving and hat making, and I learned much more thanks to a helpful young man working there. This is also where they hold the weekly Bonbini festival. Worth the $5 entrance... More 

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