Lamu Museum has officially opened its doors to tourists, academics and researchers after undergoing restoration and an exhibition facelift that was funded by the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman.
The museum which was officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage Penina Malonza, hosts the largest and most authentic Swahili ethnographic and archeological artifacts collections that will illuminate different facets of Swahili cultural heritage and various collections of artefacts such as; traditional clothing, jewelry, furniture, musical instruments, maritime and dhow materials, archaeological finds, among a wide array of household and technical tools and implements.
Lamu Deputy Governor Raphael Munyua who was representing Governor Issa Timamy thanked the Oman government for their contribution towards the face lifting of the museum noting that it was an affirmation that Lamu and Oman have strong relations that date back to the 17th century when Coastal cities were occupied by the Sultanate of Oman.
The Deputy Governor underscored the opening of Lamu Museum would open up Lamu County economy through tourism revenue collection and create jobs among the youth in the tourism industry.
Present dignitaries during the official opening that was done on Friday were, PS for Culture & Heritage Ummi Bashir, PS for Tourism John Ololtuaa, PS for Investment Promotion Abubakar Hassan Abubakar, Charge de Affairs Oman Embassy to Kenya Amb. Said Al Amry, Former Ambassador of Oman to Kenya Amb. Saleh Harithi, Ambassadors from Sudan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the National Records and Archives Authority, Lamu County CECM for Tourism Aisha Miraj among other national and county government officials.