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Address: P.O.Box 48, Lamu Island, Kenya
Phone Number: (+254) 42- 633073/633402
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Small but interesting

An hour or so is all that is required for this museum, but it is an affordable way to learn more about the history of Lamu. A guide is not necessary since the exhibitions are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 8, 2015
Abigail G
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

An hour or so is all that is required for this museum, but it is an affordable way to learn more about the history of Lamu. A guide is not necessary since the exhibitions are rather self-explanatory, but if you do use one, be sure to tip a few hundred shillings.

1 Thank Abigail G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A unique part of the history of Kenya and Lamu. Mainly static displays, but views and building worth seeing. Be mindful of touts asking for entry fee when they are not officially part of the museum.

Thank Ali C
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Most of the rooms are used as offices and the rest were locked, so we could only walk around the courtyard. A lot more can be done to make this an place of interest. Tourists are charged K shs 500/- and citizens are charged 100/- but this allows you to visit the Sutlans house too.

Thank smatlock10
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Interesting museum, describing the old history of Lamu. The museum is situated in the middle of the old Lamu town?

Thank Sidney P
Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

So much history and culture retained in this museum. The roof top gives a great view of the town. There is an entrance fee based on residency. Guides are available.

Thank Essie M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is one of the best museums I've been to in Kenya. Very well laid out and we had a great guide provided by the museum. The entry fee is not so bad but I wish they had informed us it could also be used at the Fort. An worthwhile outing and even young kids age 7 and 10 found... More 

Thank Timkut68
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Its not as any other museum. Most of the time it will be only you or with few other tourist. You will enjoy and spend great time learn about Lamu and its dense culture.

Thank chuu143
Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We had a brilliant guide who was passionate about the topics he was talking about. We learnt alot about the settling of Lamu and how life was/is. Fascinating to hear about the fishing trade and the customs. Well worth a visit, even if you are not into history

Thank Twiga64
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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 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!

1 Thank Aneel M

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