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Address: P.O.Box 48, Lamu Island, Kenya
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+254 42 633073

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Back in time

This is a great place on the island to see the history of not only the island and town itself, but also foreign influences on the nature, geography, cuisine, lifestyle and... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2016
Ashley D
Windhoek, Namibia
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Nairobi, Kenya
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127 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this museum before (13 years ago) and nothing seemed to have changed. There are some interesting exhibits but overall the museum looks a bit tired. Our young trainee guide was engaging though and obviously pleased to have some people to show around!

Thank Helen A
Nairobi, Kenya
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67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure you take a bit of time to visit this very well designed museum full of wonderful pieces of history. The curator and guides are very knowledgeable and will make the experience one of the most memorable in Lamu.

Thank whiteburgundy
Windhoek, Namibia
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

This is a great place on the island to see the history of not only the island and town itself, but also foreign influences on the nature, geography, cuisine, lifestyle and economics of the country as well. Learnt a lot. One ticket also gets you into the old fort close by.

Thank Ashley D
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
Reviewed 14 November 2016

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.

Thank Rachael M
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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194 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

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.

Thank peter m
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Thank sophtraveller2014
Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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

Thank Florence K
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301 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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.

Thank Icchok
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 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 

Thank stlwnjr

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