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Address: P.O.Box 48, Lamu Island, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 42 633073
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Simple but interesting!

We enjoyed it because it gave a general overview of early life without too much detail. Interesting artifacts. Keep your entrance ticket as it gives you free entry to the fort.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
Heather2424
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lamu museum is must visit if you're going to be staying in Lamu. There were lots of artifacts for this interested in learning about Swahili culture. Be careful about taking photos, make sure you seek permission from the staff first.

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Thank Rachael M
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum is much larger than you think. The exhibits are nicely displayed and the building is in a good state of repair. It provides a good overview of architecture n Lamu, of house styles and interiors. Of course there is a disloyal of the famous doors.

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Thank peter m
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We enjoyed it because it gave a general overview of early life without too much detail. Interesting artifacts. Keep your entrance ticket as it gives you free entry to the fort.

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Thank Heather2424
Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 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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Thank sophtraveller2014
Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 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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294 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 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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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

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

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Thank Kirsty M

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