Have you heard of Fort Jesus – a real gem in Kenya’s history? It’s the core of Mombasa’s history that you’re still able to visit today! In this guide, let’s find out more about attractions, entry fees, and open hours.
A Brief History of Fort Jesus
Picture this: Late 16th century, Old Town Mombasa, Kenya. The Portuguese are busy constructing a mighty fortress that would become known as Fort Jesus. It started as a military stronghold, guarding the Eastern Coast of Kenya.
It transformed into a British prison and today, it’s one of Kenya’s prized historical sites, managed by the National Museums Association of Kenya. Oh, and it’s even earned a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List!
Fort Jesus Today: A Museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 2011, UNESCO recognized Fort Jesus as a World Heritage Site as a living record of a time when cultures, politics, and trade were mixing in a big way. Plus, it’s a unique example of 15th and 16th-century military innovation.
Exploring Fort Jesus Museum: Attractions
Today, Fort Jesus stands as a museum, inviting visitors to explore its labyrinthine corridors, chambers, and ramparts. The rooms of the fort house a rich collection of artifacts that tell the story of both the fort and the town of Mombasa.
Now, let’s talk about what you can do when you visit:
Oman House: Ever wondered where the Sultan, the governor of the East African coast, lived? You’ll find it here.
Water Cistern and Deep Well: Check out their ingenious solutions for harvesting and storing water.
Artifact Exhibits: A treasure trove of ceramics and pottery harking back to Mombasa’s days as a bustling trading center.
Swahili Cultural Center: A hub for preserving traditional Swahili arts and crafts and imparting business management skills to the youth.
Butterfly Exhibit: A recent addition, it’s a chance to see live butterflies and learn about their connections to the local ecosystem.
Plan Your Fort Jesus Museum Tour
Find out open hours and entry charges to plan a successful and satisfying visit to Fort Jesus.
Open Hours for Fort Jesus
Fort Jesus Museum welcomes visitors daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, including public holidays. To gain entry, visitors are subject to the following fees:
Entry Fees for Fort Jesus
Here’s a quick rundown of Fort Jesus entry fees for Non-residents, East Africans, and Kenyan Citizens.
- Non-resident adults: 1200 Kenyan Shillings
- Non-resident children: 600 Kenyan Shillings
- East African adults: 400 Kenyan Shillings
- East African children: 200 Kenyan Shillings
- Kenyan citizen adults: 200 Kenyan Shillings
- Kenyan citizen children: 100 Kenyan Shillings
So, there you have it, Fort Jesus Museum – a captivating journey through time, where history comes alive. When you’re in Kenya, don’t miss this opportunity to explore a place that’s witnessed centuries of change and cultural exchange.
This is just a taster, we offer a Mombasa City Tour if you like to dive deeper and learn more.
Disclaimer: Please note all information such as entrance fees, opening times, etc., is subject to change.