Fodor's Expert Review Lamu Museum

Lamu Museum/Gallery

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.

Museum/Gallery

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Seafront
Lamu, Lamu  80500, Kenya

www.museums.or.ke

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Rate Includes: Ksh 500

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