Fort Jesus Museum
Fort Jesus Museum
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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bornsurvivor61
Scunthorpe, UK17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
For a small run down prison museum, it is grossly overpriced. 1200KHS each (£17 in total for 2 person) and only 200KHS for kenya residents... We wish we didnt bother cos it has a little museum and a garden style ruins and finish looking around in less than an hour.... I would not recommended.. A discriminatory rip off...
Written October 19, 2020
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Jackson K
Eilat, Israel11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited fort Jesus after touring the old town.fort Jesus is rich in history ,the fort Jesus was build by the Portuguese people in 1593 -1596 (16th century)who were explores.the fort Jesus is now the most popular tourist attraction in Mombasa.we did our tour with Mr max,he is very professional and highly recommend him

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Written January 16, 2020
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA168 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I read up before going. Locals say it's dandy. Foreigners say it's poorly maintained with little to see. The latter pay six times more for entry. Perhaps this disparity colors value propositions as indicated in reviews.

I went to fort but couldn't bring myself to pay $12 for what I'd read about. Turning to leave, staff asked why. I told them, and they started haggling. I didn't feel like going down that road knowing perhaps if I paid the full amount it was official, and if I paid a lesser amount it was into someone's pockets.

I was happier walking around outer walls and somehow keeping my dignity shielded, for a brief moment, from this unfortunate game of overcharging and/or scamming foreigners.

It really gets old, Kenya. Such practices don't net positive for your tourism sector.

DATE VISITED: 13 Jan 2022
Written January 24, 2022
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Joy
Nairobi, Kenya3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We toured Fort Jesus in July 2021 with my daughters - 12yrs and 10yrs. Wonderful experience learning about the early visitors to the Coast of East Africa - Portuguese, Omani Arabs and British. We then ventured into Old Town which is meters away from the Fort. Looking for antiques?!? Try Old Town! You will not be disappointed.
I believe our positive experience was greatly influenced by our guide, ANTONY NZIVO, (+254 707 841762) He is polite, pleasant and very knowledgeable on the history of the Kenyan Coast. I highly recommend him if looking for a good guide.
Written July 16, 2021
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Sev D
New York City, NY25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This evening starts by a visit of the ruins of Fort Jesus, very nicely preserved.
Then a dinner of local food, is served and then a light show starts. This beautiful projection against one of the wall, about the story of Mombassa and Fort Jesus, is well done and instructive.
And to finish, a fire work.
For my part, I would skip the dinner, and focus on the light show. They could then have more guests at the time.
A very good experience anyway.
Written March 5, 2023
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Oliver I
Cologne, Germany5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We took our tour with andi under star management into first jesus, old town then to the haller park.we learnt the history of the swahili and the Arabic. Fort jesus is rich of history, make sure you find a guide who knows the history ,the fort was built in 16th century by the Portuguese (1593-1597)book your trip with star and he will get you the best guide +254715577497
Written September 28, 2020
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Roland H
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Fort Jesus is a place of entanglements. Obviously of Portuguese, British and Arab powers in an animated history badly tought in Western schools. But it also shows the demographic entanglements between Asia and Africa, more peaceful times of cultural, commercial and religious exchange inits little museum onsite.
If you want to start to understand Kenya's incredible diversity - its dangers and its benefits - you have to start here.
Then you can go for the architectural ingeniosity of the place, the beauty of the buildings, the artwork (not only) of the Arabic doors and the majesty of the site on the edge of Mombasa facing Nyali.
Written November 11, 2022
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raul
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Don't miss to visit the fort and get know more about the Arabs, Portuguese and the local history .the guide was very informative and knew each and every person in the old town.we also visited the Arabic spice market and learnt different types of spices .for the best experience whatsaap Eric +254715577497
Written September 25, 2020
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Jimmy I
Slovenia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Fort Jesus is worth to visit.we took a guide recommended by maxi +254 726 382 358.the guide was very professional and knowledgeable.learn the history about the Portuguese and the Oman Arabs.fort Jesus has a lot of history.contact Sally and arrange your tour before +254 726 382 358
Written January 9, 2020
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Frank Ganda
Nairobi, Kenya210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
History is not merely a path left by the past, it defines our present and can shape our future as well.
While in Mombasa for Vacation, my family took time to visit one of the oldest towns in Kenya(Mombasa Old Town). The fort Jesus ruins is a stack reminder of our struggles as Kenyans.
It was a great day for Sankara my son..
Written March 14, 2020
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