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Address: P.O.Box 48, Lamu Island, Kenya
Phone Number: (+254) 42- 633073/633402
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Cultural hub

This is a good place to learn about the history of the Swahili people, as well as the coastal region as a whole. Get to learn about the items that were traded, the routes used and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2016
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

What has the potential to be the star attraction of Lamu town is rather lacklustre and a bit dilapidated. Not wheelchair or disability friendly either. However, the museum tour is educational and interactive, giving visitors a glimpse into Swahili culture and history. I'd recommend a visit to the museum for anyone visiting Lamu, partly because there is hardly anything else... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

very educational on the history of Lamu, and how the muslim culture came by.they also educate meaning of different clothing ,artifacts and furnitures that i came across in Lamu

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Thank Florence K
Israel
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285 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Not much to see since it was similar to the house we were staying at. Also the $5 or $8 entrance fee seemed exorbitant. Plus it was so hot inside I almost passed out. I never passed out in my life. The humidity was overwhelming and there was no air flow.

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Thank Icchok
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a good place to learn about the history of the Swahili people, as well as the coastal region as a whole. Get to learn about the items that were traded, the routes used and see some of the old artefacts of the Swahili people,that are saved there. We especially enjoyed the tour showing how most of the old... More 

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Thank stlwnjr
Madrid
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

This museum is the richest one out of the existing four in Lamu Town. Guides are not very knowledgeable. Ours didn't do much more than pointing at the stands. I felt sorry i hadn't read more in advance. For example, about the mtepe boats. There is a rare model of such a boat in the museum, one of the four... More 

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Thank S P
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

For a small Museum, it offers so much history into the Past culture of the Swahili people. I personally found that the Wedding procedures were extremely interesting. It is advisable to have a Local Guide with you to explain everything. Your Ticket admission gives you entry to Lamus three Museums, providing you visit all on the same day.

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Thank Avee H
Lamu Island, Kenya
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

Great museum, very atmospheric and full of interesting objects and incredible doors. Nice staff. Highly recommended.

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Thank Kirsty M
Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

Don't expect a museum to European standards, after all this island is the oldest Swahili town, founded in 1370(?). Its people are proud of their cultural heritage, We went round with an elderly guide which added to the ambience of the museum. The trip ended with us sitting on the outside balcony of the Museum chatting in the slow no... More 

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Kenya
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

The museum has great artefacts but needs some TLC. It could do with a nice video clip where a visitor could get a commentary on this area and the Swahili Coast and culture.

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Thank Mwambao
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The Lamu Museum is housed in a small single storey building. It consists of of items dating back to the 16th century. Some pottery items from China and the far east. It also contains models of various types of Sail boats used by the residents of Lamu. The attraction of the museum is a long blow horn musical instrument. Quite... More 

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