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Lamu Museum

P.O.Box 48, Lamu Island, Kenya
(+254) 42- 633073/633402
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Type: Museums
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- Aug 25, 2014
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Torquay, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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PERTH
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

As there is little to do on Lamu, a visit to the Museum is a must, steeped in history and much to discover..or sneak out up on to the roof to see over the island.

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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Good history of the Swahili people and slave trade, only thing I didn't like was the donkey pup littered all over the town the governor should make a law of donkey must wear a pup bag :)

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The history of the islands and her people are told in this museum in surprisingly good dioramas and displays. Totally worth the price of admission (which also got us into the fort for free!).

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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Very much worth a visit! It's a great place to wander about, and learn about Lamu, history and culture.

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