Fort Zoutman

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Fort Zoutman
The towering (for these parts) red, white, and blue structure in Oranjestad faces the capital’s oldest building, Fort Zoutman. Open weekdays, the museum inside the fort is a comprehensive look at the evolution of the island. There are artifacts and antiques from the Caiquieto people, Dutch colonialists, and items from current-day Aruba. But the complex itself is the real draw. Dating from 1798, the fortification was constructed as a defense from pirates. The adjacent Willem III tower was built in 1868 and served as the island’s first public clock and lighthouse. Visit on a Tuesday evening and experience the weekly Bon Bini Festival, a celebration of Aruban drumming, dancing, and eating.
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Zoutmanstraat 6, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 5199
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4pm