About Rabai Museum

Built in 1846, the historical Rabai Museum is a rustic setting of the 19-century located at about 25km Northwest of Mombasa but still standing tall facing the Kaya kambe shrines. This place is the cradle of Christianity and Modern learning in Kenya. The museum consists of St.Paul's church complex, iron house, freed slaves settlement, museum which shows the development of the village from the arrival of its founder Dr.Ludwig Kraft in Kenya. This historical hidden museum borders Isaac Nyondo school and Dr.Krapf Memorial high school  The historical cemeteries are separated into the indigenous missionaries and explorers, the white missionaries were ravaged by Malaria and mostly died at very young ages. The dilapidated house of Krebman and Krapf is in use by the local priest while the museum is kept intact with historical moments of the introduction of modern education and service to the community. Explore the museum records for the heart-wrenching events of slavery and the invaluable contributions of the Africans in the achievement of the journey made by explorers,  Dr.Livingstones memorabilia is prominently displayed. As you walk outside the museum you face the first classroom that was built in the 19 century in the compound of Isaac Nyondo School This place is the cradle of Christianity in Kenya. This place also has the first English school in East Africa. This is the first church in Kenya, it is where Christianity began to spread from in Kenya. was started by the missionaries then and used as a rescue center for the slaves during the era of the slave trade

Must See

  • St.Paul's Church 
  • The first Christian church building in Kenya.
  • National Monument.
  • Dr. Livigstone's memorabilia  
  • The first classroom built in the 19th century is quite interesting to watch
  • The Historic Cemeteries and missionaries of the 19th century.

How to reach

By Taxi:- 1 h 5 min (39.3 km) via C111

The major player in transportation in Mombasa City is Matatu, which is mostly 14-seater minibusses, and are quite popular amongst the residents.

 A matatu ride starts from Ksh 20 just to go 500m (2018)but count on paying double if you want a vehicle which conforms to the traffic legislation. 

Another better option would be to book a shuttle bus to collect you from your accommodation and drop you directly at your accommodation in Mombasa - this can be more expensive approximately costing around Ksh 1000 but is much quicker and hassle-free. The shuttles can be booked online and are run by Hakuna Mutatu bus.

The price for a tuk-tuk ride is Ksh 50-100 and boda-boda around Ksh 50.

 

 

Tips

  • Try the night show
  • If visiting in October, witness the traditional new year cultural celebrations the Mwakamuvya where Rabai Kaya elders conduct rituals. 
  • Visit the place in the first half of the day to avoid traffic jams on the highway.
  • Know the facts about the place.
  •  Explore the first church in Kenya.
  • Located near other attractions.

Visit Time

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Waiting Time

Nil.

 

Entrance Fee

Yes
  • Non-resident adult KSh 500
  • Non-resident child KSh 250
  • Night show adult KSh 2000
  • Night show child KSh 1000
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Time you can spend

3-4 hours

 

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