Fort Jesus MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: Nkrumah Road, near old port, Mombasa., Kenya
- Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 041-2220058
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museum, Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Fort Jesus Museum - Review
Built by the Portuguese in the year 1593 and designed by Italian architect JoaoBatista Cairato, the fort has stood the test of time. It was built to secure the safety of the Portuguese living in on the east coast of Africa. The fort has faced a lot of attacks and hostilities and has lived to tell the tale. It even acted as a prison for a brief period. Today, the fort is an important historical landmark and also houses a museum.
Initially a fort of strategic value and to repel attacks, the Fort Jesus Museum now acts as a historical attraction and has a museum located inside its premises. You can get tickets for Fort Jesus Museum online in advance if you plan to pay a visit or can even combine Fort Jesus Museum tickets with other Mombasa tours and activities to get attractive deals and offers. Buy tickets for Fort Jesus Museum from our ticketing platform and can even check Fort Jesus Museum ticket prices in advance before planning a visit.
Fort Jesus Museum Information
- The Fort plays host to a spectacular sound and light show 3 nights each week.
Fort Jesus Museum Ticket Prices
- Although entrance is free, hiring a guide may cost you anywhere between KSH 300 to KSH 700.
How To reach Fort Jesus Museum by Public Transport
- Market Bus stop
- Kanisani Bus stop
- Mombasa Train Station
Restaurants Near Fort Jesus Museum
- Rozina House Restaurant
- Barka Restaurant
- Jahazi Coffee House
- Island Dishes
- AGM Cafe
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Things to Know Before Visiting Fort Jesus Museum
95% of people who visit Mombasa include Fort Jesus Museum in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
74.35% of people start their Fort Jesus Museum visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Fort Jesus Museum
65.96% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Jesus Museum
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Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa Reviews
Great historical content. Beautiful wood carvings to purchase. There's a corner near the wood carving shop where you can take particulary breath taking photos. There's a new ocean wall being built to protect the fort. I would recommend visiting the place, bring a good camera.
I loved the experience. Its pretty much old remains of buildings but the tour guide can make it quite interesting for you. You know, with stories which you wonder who lived to tell coz they all blew up in some gun powder store as they explain; not funny :) I love the calm and breeze of course. The stories are interesting too. And they have shops in there where you can access snacks, and dashiki clothes, shoes, artifacts and so on. So you could have as well gone to do some shopping for the house when you visit :-). When i visited, there was some arrangements for wedding reception so if you lucky with 50-100k, you can book the place for your wedding, birthday, etc celebrations. Bottom line, its a nice place and you get to hear fun stories, and buy stuff. Entrance is also cheap and the tour guides do not charge a lot to take you around. You should visit it sometime.
Although I feel odd at paying more than double the fees than those of Kenyans, it was worth it. The place is well preserved (as much as it can be, for a historical site). The information is well displayed, although their exhibit on artifacts is a little run down. They also had an exhibition of works of local artists that was really impressive, very political and creative over the techniques and artistry. There is the "Omani wing", where you'll find some emphasis on the influence they had in the development of the area after the Portuguese, and an intro to Oman of these days. (It is also the only air conditioned area in the site...) You can have a drink at the small shop inside, or you can buy at the stalls outside after the long walk. From there visiting Old Town and the Spices Market is a must, unless it is Ramadan, for all will be closed, specially coffee shops and restaurants.
Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese to fortify their newly found route around the Cape of Good Hope. It's history has been a continuous struggle of control between the various colonial powers. It's interesting to see the remodeling job performed by the generations of military powers in charge of the fort. This fort is now being restored with donation from the Sultanate of Oman.
It was a fun experience. The history very captivating though sad at the the same time. The Indian Ocean scenery breathtaking as the ships sail by. It was such an unforgettable experience and just make sure you got a guide to help you through the tour.