Fort Zoutman Historical Museum and Willem III Tower
Type: Architecture, Art & Culture, Art Museums, Attractions, Cultural Venues, Family Friendly, Historic Sites, History Museums, Local Picks, Museums, Sightseeing, Tours and Excursions
Constructed in 1798, as a means of defense against pirates, this old Dutch fortress now houses the Historical Museum of Aruba. The restoration of Fort Zoutman took place in 1974 and in 1983 the Willem... Read More
Constructed in 1798, as a means of defense against pirates, this old Dutch fortress now houses the Historical Museum of Aruba. The restoration of Fort Zoutman took place in 1974 and in 1983 the Willem III Tower was finished, enabling Aruba a historic museum of its own. The exhibition offers displays chronicling the island's early history from ancient Caiquetio Indian artifacts through Spanish and Dutch colonialism. The Willem III Tower was built in 1868 and added to the Fort with Aruba's first public clock and served as a lighthouse equipped with a spire and petrol lamp. All tours conclude with refreshments.
Fort Zoutmanstraat 4
- Mon-Fri 8:30am-4pm
- Historical Museum AWG15
- Attractions near Cruise Port: "The Bon Bini Festival takes place every Tuesday evening (6:30 - 8:30 pm) in the outdoor courtyard of the Fort Zoutman museum, celebrating the island's culture and history. "Bon bini" means "Welcome" in Papiamento, and that is the perfect word to describe the warm environment of this festival."
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: Fort Zoutman Historical Museum and Willem III Tower give visitors an introduction to Aruba's history and culture.