Lamu Museum-Lamu Island Attraction

Lamu Museum
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Lamu Museum occupies a fort built around 1813. This fort served as a garrison, a prison and as an administrative building before it became the central gallery for preservation of archaeological and cultural heritage of the coast. Hence, your tour of this gallery is a trip through time to the start of civilization of the coast and the rest of the country. There is a lot to learn during your excursion.

Explore the Coast with a Visit to Lamu Museum

Lamu is one of the must visit locations at the coast. It has a wealth of attractions along the shores of the ocean as well as within the town.

The town’s museum is a fort constructed centuries ago around 1813. The exterior resembles a Swahili home with its white walls just like other houses at the coast. The two-storey building is about 70 metres from the main jetty.

It was a garrison for Oman soldiers after Seyyid Said, the Sultan of Oman, oversaw its construction. The presence of this fort improved trade activities since traders got a secure route.

Later, the fort became a prison and in 1984, the National Museums of Kenya took over and it became a great place for visitors to learn about the history of this stone town and the coastal region.

Now, this gallery exhibits a variety of artefacts collected from the coast region and the many communities living there. The courtyard is a multi-purpose ground that hosts weddings, parties and corporate events. You can fly to the coast just to host your event in a historic building.

The ground floor hosts an exhibition of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. It is the perfect place to learn about the Indian Ocean and the wealth within its water. The upper floor houses administrative quarters, laboratory and workshop as well as a restaurant overlooking the narrow streets of the town where man and donkeys mingle.

Explore this attraction with your family or friends. It is a great afternoon activity during your vacation. Lamu town is on the island a distance from the mainland. Sail to this place from Mombasa, or you can fly from Mombasa or Malindi to Manda Island and sail across the 15-minute distance. Combine a trip to the gallery with a walk through the narrow streets of Lamu and you will learn a lot about Kenya’s coast, its history, culture and modern activities.

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