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Fort Jesus Museum

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Address: Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
Phone Number: 254720650869
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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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Hired a guide at the entrance. The guided tour was helpful especially of one has a keen interest in history. The is quite a bit to see and learn. Would recommend when visiting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Having endured many visits to castles in the UK as a child I wasn't expecting our trip to Fort Jesus to be anything other than a way to fill time waiting for our suitcases to arrive (48 hours after we did! ). We decided to pay for a tour guide (bartered him down from 1000 to 500 shillings) and I... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hired a guide at the entrance. The guided tour was helpful especially of one has a keen interest in history. The is quite a bit to see and learn. Would recommend when visiting Mombasa. a worthwhile activity for families

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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A historical fort were the caretakers have tried to maintain the findings of the past for Kenyans and visitors alike to ponder on the culture of the coastal region. A must see for all even those who stay in Mombasa!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum and fort is definitely different from other museums in kenya. However there are not many signs with descriptions. It is possible to get a guide which we did not do because the price for non residents is already relatively high.

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Thank Thirze H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very nice and well preserved historical fort with rich past and exhibits. It takes up to 2 hours to tour the entire place. The museum has only sparse written information, so bringing along a guide (for 500-800 kes or so) from in front of the museum is worth it.

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Thank GogyHR
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Mombasa for a week and apart from experiencing the lovely resort life we wanted to get out and learn a bit about culture and history. There is a lot of history in the walls of fort Jesus and it is worth going to see if in Mombasa. The fort has been used for many purposes and I just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful time with the family....Ahmed a local guide was wonderful.....lots of great knowledge with a tour around Kibokoni....amazing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hired a guide outside who gave us the very long history of the Fort. Pretty interesting as it explains most of the colonial history of Mombasa. It's a nice couple of hours visit with beautiful views over the harbour.

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Lilongwe, Malawi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time with my family at Fort Jesus. Its is one of the Oldest buildings in East Africa build by the Portuguese. It is wise to get a guide at the gate, the guides speak English, Italian, Portuguese and Swahili

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very serene attraction close to the Mombasa Butterfly House. You can take in beautiful views of the Nyali area of Mombasa and the Indian ocean from here. The fort looks old but is well preserved. It was calm with just a handful of tourists and locals about on a Sunday, which meant I couldn't go inside. But it was... More 

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