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Fort Jesus Museum

Address: Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: 254720650869
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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Eldoret, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

- The museum is natural but can be improved to make it more lively. - The entrance fees is reasonable - Lovely for holiday shoppers who would like to purchase stuff

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Having first visited the fort as a preteen, I had a new appreciation for the history. Mind though, the big cannons remain impressive. The fort is rich in history and the views of the sea are breathtaking. The guides are a letdown though, bored and rushing the tour. You have a choice of guides from outside as well as inside... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Mombasa is a nice location. There is much to see and do there and the night life is excellent. Will visit again.

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Malindi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

If you are a history fanatic, then this is the place to be. the architecture of the place is amazing and the collection is super vintage. after the visit, you can have a meal just outside the museum overlooking the great Indian Ocean.

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kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

loved the fort and its story but the let down was the staff need public relations training! Felt they looked bored...

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MALINDI- KENYA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The place its a magical one, down from its historical point, to its whole architectural design, with a nice over view, its definitely a place to visit when in Mombasa, take this local trip and enjoy!

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Lyon, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

It's a place to be seen, but again, as a tourist to pay 10 times the price as locals, 12 euros, begins to anoy me... It's too expensive and if you want to know a little bit of the place, you have to pay a guide, so your choice.. You want to see this beautiful place, you pay....

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