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Lovely museum documenting the history of Lamu archipelago. Great for research or if you're just... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nairobi, Kenya
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Well worth a visit

The museum provides good background into the Swahili culture and is well worth a visit. The visit... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Nairobi, Kenya
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Lamu Island, Kenya
+254 42 633073
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Don't expect a museum to European standards, after all this island is the oldest Swahili town, founded in 1370(?). Its people are proud of their cultural heritage, We went round with an elderly guide which added to the ambience of the museum. The trip ended...More

2  Thank Shulimingi
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 26 June 2016

What has the potential to be the star attraction of Lamu town is rather lacklustre and a bit dilapidated. Not wheelchair or disability friendly either. However, the museum tour is educational and interactive, giving visitors a glimpse into Swahili culture and history. I'd recommend a...More

1  Thank sophtraveller2014
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely museum documenting the history of Lamu archipelago. Great for research or if you're just curious about the Swahili culture. Entry fee is super cheap as well.

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Reviewed 19 August 2018

The museum provides good background into the Swahili culture and is well worth a visit. The visit to Lamu Fort is included in ticket price. Price KSH 500 for non-residents. Try and take exact money as they struggle with change. The fort is worthwhile as...More

1  Thank Expectmoretoday
Reviewed 17 August 2018

The museum is really informative. the spaces themselves give a good idea of swahili architecture. really worth visiting

Thank Mamdouh S
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Great to visit the museum around noon when the sun is burning outside. The guided tour is instructive (500 Ksh for non-residents) and shows you lifestyle of various Swahili tribes and other other artefacts. The building is a stately mansion on the seafront, converted into...More

Thank Hermes_NL
Reviewed 28 July 2018

The Lamu museum is small but well done and was far more informative about the history of the town and area than the Lamu Fort (though a ticket for one is valid for the other)

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 12 July 2018

Ancient amazing history, lots of archives rich in heritage and culture. We got a lot to learn and understand. The guide are awesome as well.

Thank felixwg
Reviewed 3 April 2018

This was the best museum I have been to in a while. Really great history of the building and lots of facts and artefacts. Do ask for Ali to give you a tour, he is really great and full to the brim of facts!

Thank Lianna F
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

After a morning of exploring the city and seeing the fort, a stop at the museum was the perfect place to get break from the heat and bustle of the streets. The ancient architecture is designed to keep cool. We had a guide walk us...More

Thank Sara L
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Serena Beach Resort in Shanzu We have been looking around at Shanzu Beach for a room in a comfortable hotel. Watching the Flamengo hotel from the beach side, there was terrible noise from baggers and tractors, busy construction even on Sunday. The Continental Hotel gave...More

Thank lisagBarcelona
Reviewed 24 November 2017

The museum was very well set-up and maintained. By buying entrance you get a guide that takes you through the different rooms and explains more about the Lamu culture: from cooking, to architecture, wood carved doors, dhows and different tribes. Also worth to climb the...More

Thank Nadiah1993
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