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Lamu Museum

Address: P.O.Box 48, Lamu Island, Kenya
Phone Number: (+254) 42- 633073/633402
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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

A great collection of history and culture in the Museum. Worth a visit for first timers in Lamu. The museum is small but well spaced out. Take a guided tour if you can it adds to the experience.

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Malindi, Kenya
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

A good place to visit and include Lamu Fort also, 1-2 hours suffices, a UNESCO heritage site, well managed and preserved indeed by the dedicated team!

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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We arrived ready to go around on our own and rolling our eyes a bit at the inevitable person who wanted to give us a tour. We grudgingly let him - and were so glad he did. He had a real passion for the place and answered all our questions about the fascinating collection. We spent a good two hours... More 

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Mombasa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Well done.Give you a real and precise picture of the Swahili Culture and Arab influence in the area.

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Torquay, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We found our visit to this museum/house very, very interesting and definitely worth seeing both architecturally and historically.

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barcelona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Beautiful old Swahili house transformed into Museum that gives a lively impression about living style of past centuries

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Mombasa, Kenya
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I was taken aback by the rich culture and history. In particular Mohammed Kijuma - who has an entire room dedicated to him. Unfortunately very little is known of him by the outside world. Reading about him and listening to Maurice, i had no choice but relate with the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci. Maurine Sialo was extremely helpful at... More 

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Kisumu, Kenya
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Good place to gain some insights on Swahili history and customs, especially on marriage traditions, Swahili doors and if you're interested in dhows there are many models

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Nairobi
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

The Lamu Museum is situated on the main waterfront street of the Lamu Old Town facing the Manda Bay, the famous racetrack for donkey derbies. It is a magnificent 14th century double storied house that documents the Swahili cultures with specific focus on Historic ruins, Mosques. Lamu Fort is on the second street and provides an age old auditorium where... More 

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Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

great introduction to the unique history and culture of town. worth the 500 shillings, good exhibits with decent interpretive info. Also the building is beautiful.

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