You enter the museum through a brass-studded door that was imported from Zanzibar. Inside there are archaeological displays showing the Takwa Ruins excavations, some wonderful photos of Lamu taken by a French photographer from 1846 to 1849 (you'll be amazed at how little has changed in Lamu), some intricately carved Lamu headboards and throne chairs, and a library. In the Balcony Room upstairs is a fascinating display of musical instruments including the famed Siwa Horn,
which is made of brass and resembles elephant tusks; the Pate Siwa horn, made of ivory, is now in Nairobi Museum. Dating from the 17th-century, they're reputed to be the oldest surviving musical instruments in sub-Saharan Africa.