Malindi Museum

The Vasco Da Gama Pillar
The 15th Century was an era of worldwide exploration by Portugal. Early in the Century, Portugal had conceived an idea of commemorating visits of Portuguese vessels in different domains. In 1497, King Dom Manuel of Portugal appointed Vasco da Gama to command a fleet of 4 ships to sail to India through the Far East. The Fleet left Portugal on the 8th of July, 1497 and after many adventures, anchored off Malindi on Easter Sunday 15th April, 1498. Read More…

The Portuguese Chapel

The Portuguese presence in Malindi began with the arrival of Vasco da Gama in 1498. On his second voyage to India, he left a group of solders in Malindi and a Chapel built in the style of that of the Navigator`s at Sagres in Portugal and a Portuguese` factory ‘or trading base which included store houses, barracks, residences and offices. Read More..

The House of Columns (Malindi Museum)

Though the date of construction of this unique structure is not known, it is known that it was used by Adulhussein Gulamhussein & Co. There is photographic evidence of its existence in 1891 when W. Fitzgerald took a picture of it from on board the IBEA’s coasting steamer, the Henry Wright, the boat that took him up to the coast from Mombasa to Lamu during his survey of the agricultural potential of the Kenya Coast. Read More..

The Malindi Heritage Complex Museum

This building was constructed in early 1890`s for the Imperial British East Africa Company ( IBEA Co.) which by British Royal Charter took over for 50 years the Sultan of Zanzibar`s mainland concession from Kipini to Vanga ( the coastal strip ). Mr. Bell Smith, an employee of IBEA Co., oversaw the construction of the building, known then as the District Collector`s Office, to serve as the company’s first office. Read More..

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Malindi Museum
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