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Fort Jesus Museum

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Address: Ndia Kuu, Mombasa 00200, Kenya
Phone Number:
+33 (0)1 45 68 43 78
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08:30 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
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Fort Jesus is Mombasa’s most popular tourist attraction. The fort, located...

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 artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for the slave trade and commodities, and which enjoyed regular visits by seafarers and the like.

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Worth visiting, but careful about the guides

My partner and I enjoyed visiting the Fort to learn about some of Mombasa's history. We decided to go with a guide after reading that it's hard to get much from your visit without... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
RIANA T
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OTTAWA
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Sgb
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

very intresting place you learn alot about history from the arabs to the indish to teh british it's an unesco world herritage

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Thank SG G
Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

FOrt Jesus is a Fort where has been owned by the cvarious invaders of Mombasa. Now it is a national Museum . you can see where later it was used as a prison (my grandfather was imprisoned there) and if you are smart you can catch the Sound and light show which basically is a historical recital of the various... More 

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Juba
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour guide was good and gave us the best tour of fort Jesus and Mombasa old town. One not to miss

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Comrie, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to fort Jesus with my brother who had been before, pounced upon by a guide straight away. Brother wanted to show me about his self but glad I got guide. Very interesting to see and hear about . And also the most refreshing hand made lime juice on offer . Worth a visit for that alone

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OTTAWA
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My partner and I enjoyed visiting the Fort to learn about some of Mombasa's history. We decided to go with a guide after reading that it's hard to get much from your visit without one (which we found to be true) but were aware that they can sometimes demand too much money for their services. When we paid our entrance... More 

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Thank RIANA T
Waterford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family and I had a wonderful tour of this old fort. We had a guide take us around and we learned so much about it. The views of the ocean from it were beautiful and the grounds as well. It was a nice change of venue from the safaris and beach excursions. My only complaint would be that the... More 

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Thank Heathermwt
Kampala, Uganda
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you enter the site you feel like you go back in time. We had fun walking around the place and exploring. It is nice, but it needs restauration. When we visited it, they were working, so the place wasn't really visitor friendly and we weren't able to visit it all. Overall, it is a nice place to visit once... More 

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Thank Isabelle M
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited a couple of times and it seems to get smaller with each visit. A pleasant break from the beach but things only make sense with a guide. It is unfortunate that one cannot reserve guided trips prior to visiting, so it is just gauging and picking one who is not over aggressive in wooing you and seems... More 

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Thank Limmo K
Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Real value for money ,has rich heritage for Kenyan coast dating back to 14th Century . Should consider having their own guides and include it in the charges instead of having guides who are paid by the guests

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Thank Lipase77
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hire a tour guide (ours was about a thousand for the tour and a walk thru Old Town to the spice market.) cool view of pre-colonial mombasa.

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