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Lamu Museum

P.O.Box 48, Lamu Island, Kenya
+254 42 633073
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Fun, local museum

This is a bit off the track but worth a visit. Gives nice insight into the settlement of Lamu... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
San Francisco, California
Swahili history with an enthusiastic guide

I have visited this museum before (13 years ago) and nothing seemed to have changed. There are... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Helen A
Nairobi, Kenya
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26 Apr 2017
“Fun, local museum”
22 Dec 2016
“Back in time”
P.O.Box 48, Lamu Island, Kenya
+254 42 633073
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a bit off the track but worth a visit. Gives nice insight into the settlement of Lamu. You'll need a guide but like most museums in Africa a good tip is $5. Have fun!

Thank BridgettSF
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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
Reviewed 26 March 2017

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
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...More

Thank Ashley D
Reviewed 15 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
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...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 18 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.

1  Thank Heather2424
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...More

Thank sophtraveller2014
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
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...More

Thank Icchok
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