Museo Historico Arubano (Aruba's Historical Museum) is housed within the oldest buildings of Aruba, the Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower. Both are protected monuments since 2011 and are our witnesses of the rich history and prosperity of Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad.
Centuries ago, when settlement was permitted by the Dutch, Paarden Baai (Horses Bay) in Oranjestad became an intermediate harbor for trade between Curaçao and Venezuela. For protection against pirates and enemies, Fort Zoutman was built in 1798. The Willem III Tower was built in 1868 and served first as a lighthouse. In 1963, after 95 years, the light in the tower was extinguished and the tower was then used as a public clock tower.
If you want to know more about the island’s history, the museum is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The entrance fee is $5.