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Fort Jesus Museum

Address: Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: 254720650869
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Ranked #9 of 90 things to do in Mombasa
Type: Historic sites, Monuments & statues, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located along the coastline near...
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Type: Historic sites, Monuments & statues, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located along the coastline near the Old Town, is a monumental piece of architecture that was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. The fort has a museum that displays various artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities, and which enjoyed regular visits by seafarers and the like.

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Mombasa, Kenya
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Fort Jesus has a very long history dated back to 1400 AD or earlier. With a light and sound show in the evening the tourist get to know about this historic monument which was considered to be gateway to East Africa. Little disappointment that this world heritage is not preserved and promoted well. There is nothing much to see in... More 

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Masaka, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Fort Jesus is famous all over the world and I have a personal opinion that it is left to whoever t may concern. With little retouch, this historic monument can around for the next hundred years.

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Blantyre, Malawi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Nice fort but not much to see. Also struggled to get a good guide to take us around.... There is many better things to see in Mombasa than the fort in my opinion

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Nice place to see and history behind it is lovely the way the used to do trading but hire a guide so he can guide you fair entrance fees on the fort and worth visiting. Go and see the part and again interesting fact its on a live coral reef that is still growing.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

visited the fort in december 2014 and it was worth a try.the entrance fee for residents is fair enough and affordable but to understand the museum its good to hire a tour guide available at site. Not a very large place but its worth a try.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It was a nife feel being at fort jesus at last. I have always wanted to visit the place and this time I made it. Quite a good historic site. Ancient architecture and classic warfare and excellent guides! Very fascinating

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Olten, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We visited Fort Jesus in January 2015. The fort itself is an old Portuguese fortification, and its in a surprisingly good shape. However the fort is nothing very special and its not well prepared for visitors. Also the local guides are nice, but not extremely knowledgeable. However, I found it interesting, to see the Kenyan view to the history. Additionally,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Mildly interesting. Worth the resident rate of 400 but probably not the non resident rate of 1200. My quick look around took me just half an hour. I probably should have gotten a guide, but I'm not sure that would have helped much.

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Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

fisrt you are recommended a different guide to take you through the whole establishments they expect a little something or tip on the side at the end though its not compulsory. for East African residents please go with your passport as you maybe charged double the normal fee depending on who you find at the counter. You can see the... More 

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It was a bit better than I expected and nice because it doesn't take that much time; if you're interested in the history of Mombasa or forts, then go for it! If not, then not a big deal to skip.

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