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Fort Zoutman

Fort Oranje Straat | Zoutmanstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba
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What a Gem!

In 1798 the Dutch built Ft. Zoutman, now the oldest structure on the island of Aruba. As expected... read more

Reviewed yesterday
San Diego, California
Worth a half hour

Cool little stop, the huz and I were yearning for culture on this over commercialized island. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
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Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum, the Willem III Tower and the Bon Bini Festival, a weekly folklore fair.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good40%
  • Average28%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Fort Oranje Straat | Zoutmanstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Reviewed yesterday

In 1798 the Dutch built Ft. Zoutman, now the oldest structure on the island of Aruba. As expected, it's located near the waterfront of Oranjestad and can be easily identified by the Willem III Tower that was added to the west side of the fort...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cool little stop, the huz and I were yearning for culture on this over commercialized island. We found a bit! This fort was converted into a museum. It is really really tiny. The exhibits are mostly about weaving which used to be big business back...More

1  Thank caitlin726
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this site as it is in town. Guide was very informative. Gave a great overview of the fort and it's significance. Learned about Panama Hat making!

Thank parrots2
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Five dollars admission gets you a look at the interior of an historic fort as well as a museum. The museum had displays of old artifacts from early in the island's occupation, and displays about weaving and art from local artists. If you have the...More

1  Thank Daniel C
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The hat making and weaving displays amazing. The guide and talk on the history of great interest. The way the fort has been restored to illustrate the history of Aruba is brilliant.

3  Thank David R
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Went there last week Tuesday for Bonbini Festival. My husband and I enjoyed the show. We learned some new basic words. The host was very entertaining. One of the performers, "Beach" was very entertaining. The pastechi they sold at the festival wasn't very tasty and...More

Thank Jennifer A
Reviewed 8 September 2017

If yo like to take idea about the Arubian Culture visit this warm place, for enjoy a typical music and Arubian food. Their have some interesting souvenirs.

Thank asmatci
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Small museum with mostly information on the Panama hat industry. For us this was very interesting as my wife's grandfather was in this industry and she grew up with hats. You sit in the courtyard of an old small fort and someone gives historical information...More

Thank Janbeau
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We paid to enter ($10 USD for 2 people) on a Tuesday afternoon when they were setting up for the Bon Bini festival, which the woman working did not tell us about (found out about it after) and so there was not a lot of...More

Thank Alyssa F
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

This place is hardly a fort.It used to be on the water and is now two blocks away from the water.With in its walls there is bell tower,a room about weaving and sewing,andabout three jail cells filled with tables,and outside area for party's .The guide...More

Thank wqu
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