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

The Lamu Museum is housed in a small single storey building. It consists of of items dating back to the 16th century. Some pottery items from China and the far east. It also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
Masood-Kheraluwala
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 with us sitting on the outside balcony of the Museum chatting in the slow no... More 

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Thank Shulimingi
Kenya
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19 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

The museum has great artefacts but needs some TLC. It could do with a nice video clip where a visitor could get a commentary on this area and the Swahili Coast and culture.

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Thank Mwambao
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The Lamu Museum is housed in a small single storey building. It consists of of items dating back to the 16th century. Some pottery items from China and the far east. It also contains models of various types of Sail boats used by the residents of Lamu. The attraction of the museum is a long blow horn musical instrument. Quite... More 

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Thank Masood-Kheraluwala
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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56 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 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.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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51 reviews
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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.

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Thank Ali C
Nairobi, Kenya
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206 reviews
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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.

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Thank smatlock10
London
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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?

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Thank Sidney P
Nairobi, Kenya
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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.

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Thank Essie M
Nairobi
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Thank Timkut68
MSP
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10 reviews
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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.

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