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“Definitely worth a visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Jesus Museum

Fort Jesus Museum
Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Mombasa
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums
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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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“Definitely worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Nice history and place to visit in Mombasa followed by a trip to lighthouse. Mombasa is a small town with this being the main history with the Portuguese. Friendly experience overall

Visited July 2012
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“Excellent with the right guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We had a fantastic tour of Fort Jesus and Mombasa's old town with Phillip (see pictures). He was extremely knowledgeable about the fort, Mombasa, and Kenya in general. There aren't many signs at the fort so you definitely need a knowledgeable guide to get much out of it. We spent about an hour at the fort and another 2 hours walking through the old town.

With Phillip were able to see places in the old town that may have been inaccessible or unsafe for us to go alone, and he also took us through all the various markets (spice, fish, meat, etc.). At the end of our walking tour Philip accompanied us back to Fort Jesus in a tuk-tuk, which he paid for. We were worried about the heat and the hassle factor this entire experience but actually it was one of the best things we did in Kenya, despite the heat.

We went in the afternoon and although it was the hottest part of the day it worked well because the streets were relatively empty and there weren't any other tourists around so it felt like we were getting a very exclusive tour.

Definitely make time to see this, and try to get Phillip as your tour guide - he totally made our day, and our entire stay in Mombasa!

Visited March 2013
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“excellent guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Phillip was our tour guide at Fort Jesus on a hot afternoon recently and he was amazing. He had so much knowledge about the fort, the history of the region and the continent. The tour of the old city would have been overwhelming without his expertise to guide us through the narrow, unmarked streets. I highly recommend this as part of the Mombasa experience, especially if you can find Phillip to guide you!

Visited March 2013
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“Tracing the ancestors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I was and still very intrested in hisdtorical and cultural recording and rweal life documentarioes.Mombasa RAHAJ.
T here is no real experience if you have not been to FORT JESUS while in Mombasa. MOMBASA.
The history is all alive as it has been done recently.
I can only commentthe NATIONAL MESSEUMS OF KENYA AFRICA 2009 PROGRAMME for the the work well done .

I learn alot and would love to come back.

Visited April 2012
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“Good historical piece”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

The Museum is 2nd visited place in Kenya so its very popular. Infact i would say in my own words that no Mombasa without Fort Jesus. Its a landmark, I appreciated everything from the ruins, to the architecture the museum and everything especially the big guns or whatever they call them, the strategic location etc. It just tells me how clever a human being can be.
The museum is very nice and habours most of the artifacts and others items collected there. The dry well and the walking around was refreshing.

Visited November 2012
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