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Fort Jesus Museum

Closed Now: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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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...more
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Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
+254 722 253458
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 29, 2016

Must visit to understand a bit of history of Portuguese and Arabs in East Africa. HIre a guide to understand the fort. They may not have lot of knowledge and I personally believe that there is more hidden in the fort than guides can tell...More

6  Thank Shailendra Y
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed June 18, 2014

they stand at the entrance and ask for money to guide you through the monument, but trust me they are conmen, do not pay them more than 300/- and make sure to specify that they will have to be with you for 1hour or more...More

5  Thank moha m
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you ever find yourself in Mombasa add Fort Jesus to your list of places to visit. The guides are pleasant and shared with us the history of the kenyan coast. We just wish the museum had more antiquities.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend anyone looking to discover the rich history of Kenya's coast visit. Take a guide and we only paid about 15 dollars

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Fort Jesus whilst staying in Mombassa for a few days and it was well worth the visit . We had a local guide take us around the fort which I would totally recommend as he was able to give us the history of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fascinating place to spend your time at. There are a lot of history behind this great building. In this place you have a chance to to see some remains of the items used during wars and also some places where fighters used...More

Thank Sabina W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built by the Portuguese in 1591 to the designs of “Giovanni Battista Cairati” to protect the port of Mombasa, then one of the richest city states in the east coast of Africa. The fort is one of the most outstanding and well-preserved examples of 16th...More

Thank Vincent C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The welcome party for our congress was organized at Fort Jesus. Spectacular lighting and décor. Really enjoyed the sound and light show explaining the history of the Fort, including the live re-enactment of the various events. Fabulous food and entertainment.

Thank JohnvanHoudt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Meet our guide, Ali, outside the fort and were then treated to a really interesting and informative tour around the fort. Ali is a charming and courteous gentleman with excellent English and friendly manner. Dating from the later 1500's, Fort Jesus is a magnificent example...More

Thank Simon M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting fort Jesus is a must if you have a half day in Mombasa. Make sure you take a government guide and then take the walk down through the old town to the markets. Fascinating insight into the history of the city. Fort Jesus is...More

Thank Kate M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The SKÅL World Congress in Mombasa is amazing. Congress team brought us to the Fort Jesus at night and the view is stunning, and quite different from daytime. This historical building definitely tells a lot by itself, the structure and the artilleries from centuries ago!...More

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Fort Jesus. I declined the hard-sell tour guides and spent a leisurely few hours wandering around the place on my own absorbing the rich history of this part of Africa's east coast. The sad part is that with some investment...More

1  Thank philip819
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azra f
July 26, 2018|
Response from wildlife2safari | Reviewed this property |
Recommend you Pathway safaris, thats my company. Tour will be based on number of people, to be able come up with a budget cost. The tour is available daily. Let me know so can work out for you. For more check us out at our... More
azra f
July 26, 2018|
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The Fort Jesus tour will take approximately one hour, visit the old town, the old hobour, then the Fort Jesus. You can as well visit the Mackinnon market, used to be a slave market, then the Mombasa Tusk , visit the Akamba... More