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Fort Jesus Museum

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Address: Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: 254720650869
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located...

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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a very historical place with an ocean side view....good for people who have love for historical information.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Lucy T

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Alexandria, Egypt
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nothing special about this place. Empty with nothing really to see. Entrance fee was too much for what you see, however if your into history and want to visit it has a cool fossil

Thank hanniazanana
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nothing special. Has a nice view of the creek but other than that did not fully understand what the place was. Has a very poor museum showing a few pots inside. Not worth the visit at all.

Thank Nadine M
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308 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The fort is associated with critical points in the history of the Kenyan/African East Coast and declared a UNESCO Heritage site. However, the way it is maintained with absence of professional guides makes you feel sorry. There is a beautiful walkway along the sea which leads to the Mombasa club. Views of the sea from the fort area are nice.... More 

Thank Padmanabhan
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Immediately we arrived at Fort Jesus, we were greeted by a guide who offered to take us around the Fort and the neighborhood of Old Town. Without his knowledge the trip would have been very boring and lackluster, but, with his stories and intimate knowledge of the fort it was much more exciting. After finishing up at the fort, we... More 

Thank KenyanStarfish
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

a very historical place with an ocean side view....good for people who have love for historical information.

Thank Lucy T
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Old european fort with rich history, but not much tobe seen. Taking a guide (cca 1500 Ksh) makes your visit much more interesting. He also gave us a guided tour of the old city.

Thank Krešimir M
Mombasa, Kenya
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fort Jesus is a world heritage site according to UNESCO listing 2011.i served as a tour guide and i can give it a plus for the rich history the place have from three different eras. The only simple problem is graffiti from travelers who are not well educated about the conservation.otherwise it such a nice place to visit

Thank Clemocool
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good must place to go to if u are visiting Mombasa. Lots of history to learn here. You need to get a good knowlegable guide to take u round. These are private guides and not employed by the museam. The national museams needs to improve the upkeep of this national monument, there is abit of neglect at the moment.

Thank Njuguna2015
Nairobi Region, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built by the Portuguese at the end of the 16th century at the southern edge of the town of Mombasa, over a spur of coral rock. The design of the fort, with its proportions, its imposing walls and five bastions, reflects the military architectural theory of the Renaissance. It bears physical witness, in its structures and subsequent transformations, also to... More 

Thank infopmpeter
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whilst in Mombasa we went took a tuk tuk from our hotel to Fort Jesus, got a personal guided tour which was great. We learnt so much and saw the whole old city centre. It was quite magical. Nassor, a guy living in Mombasa who was recommended by a friend. He arranged for airport pick up and the visit. It... More 

Thank Fabrizio D

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