Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo

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For a better understanding of Suriname's history, visit Fort Zeelandia, an old fortress turned into a museum. Named "Fort Willoughby" until 1667, when it was captured by the Dutch and renamed after the Dutch province of Zeeland, the structure originally belonged to British settlers. View the buildings that have witnessed battles and slavery, and saw the "December Murders" in 1982. Today, the fort houses a history museum and a restaurant that serves tasty local dishes. Use our Paramaribo trip planner to visit Fort Zeelandia on your trip to Paramaribo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Almost obligatory visit to the site, the architecture and Museum offering a good overview of colonial history through a rather didactic iconography.
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  • Being here makes a lot of emotions. Hard to believe that the December killings took place here. Part from that there is a nice museum to see and after take a refreshing drink in the garden there. Do v...  more »
  • What do you have to say about this. Sober explanation, if some more animo. Close all to 14:00. Buildings are taken care of.
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  • Pretty weird to be here and see the history we as Dutch people influenced and changed. The diet is breathing history and you feel like things can happen just in front of you. The place of the december killings are a real eye-opener re the history of the fort. It is still unrevealed who did what and who escaped bfrom this. But when you are there you can feel the fear people must have felt
  • Small but well kept..$3 US to enter...
  • Great views, a lot to learn. Could use more English signs though (mostly in Dutch), and maybe a walking route.
  • They do tours for this museum, it goes into history which can be of great value for people.
  • Probably the most historical place of Paramaribo
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