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Address: Aoutman St., Oranjestad, Aruba
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Museum located in the 18th-century Fort Zoutman, one of the oldest...

Museum located in the 18th-century Fort Zoutman, one of the oldest buildings on Aruba, that tells the story of the island's pre-European and colonial eras.

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The featured photo for this location is actually at Fort Zoutman.

Just want to clarify: Museo Arubano is a different museum than the history museum at Fort Zoutman. Any of the photos that feature an old wall with small windows are actually... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Lisa D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Just want to clarify: Museo Arubano is a different museum than the history museum at Fort Zoutman. Any of the photos that feature an old wall with small windows are actually picturing Fort Zoutman. We didn't get to visit Museo Arubano, but I wanted to let readers know that some of the reviews for Museo Arubano are mixed in with... More 

Thank Lisa D
Maspeth, New York
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28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We happened to be in the area as we were looking for the Archaeological Museum of Aruba (which was closed on this particular day). So we visiting the Museo Arubano. Alot of items on display such as Panama hats which were made in Aruba. Other artifacts such as baskets and local art. We had the opportunity to go all the... More 

Thank RCBoyle
Calgary, Canada
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709 reviews
305 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

this is not the museum in Fort Zoutman. After we had gone there the curator suggested we go to this museum. Very difficult to find. And again what they had was good but it is quite small.

Thank Nick D
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

This museum is small and charges $5 for entry. The entire display while I was there was about weaving. The first room had some cool historical artifacts, but the second room had mostly tourist stuff in displays. I understand that they change put the displays regularly, so I may have hit it on an off month, but overall I was... More 

Thank Becca H
San Jose, Costa Rica
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Fabulous little museum that has lots of local information and is easy to.get to and not expensive to enter.

Thank laly55
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

After getting some questionable directions, we found the museum. The air conditioning was nice after walking around town and we paid our $5pp and entered the museum. It was cool that this was an old fort that once faced the water. The exhibits were pretty informative and the museum was pretty small. This would be a nice part of a... More 

2 Thank Jami L
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Reviewed 11 December 2014

Nestled in the interior courtyard of Fort Zoutman, the Aruba Historical Museum was one of the highlights of my week long stay on the island. If memory serves me correct I believe admission here is free. After checking in at the front desk I was given a tour of the premises by a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and considerate guide. The... More 

5 Thank midway42
Seattle, WA
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142 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2014

There is not much in this museum, but the guides (a $5 donation is requested) are excellent. Though the artifacts are few, if you get a good guide as my husband and I did, we learned more about Aruban history and culture in 40 minutes than we did from reading anything online. Like Oranjestad is mostly post-colonizarion fill, and the... More 

3 Thank WindWolfess
Birmingham, Alabama
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

First, I must admit that I am an Archaeozoologist so this was a must visit. I was quite impressed with the quality of exhibits and the gardens were lovely. I had hoped for more educational labeling for many items on display but being such a small museum, we thought it wonderful. We are also 25 years plus cave explorers and... More 

5 Thank CavesAndStars
Johnson City, Tennessee
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

What a pleasant break this nice museum is from the the shopping and heat! This restored historical building gives a nice history of the island and its people. While some of this displays are static, others are interactive. The museum is cool, clean, and quiet. We enjoyed the use of the archeological relics to tell the story of the islands... More 

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