As part of the National Museums of Kenya, the Kisumu Museum displays different aspects of the region and culture of the Luo people (natives of Kisumu). A traditional Luo homestead is set up to transport you back a century ago. The polygamous lifestyle is well elaborated by the set-up of the homestead.
The sister wives would stay in different huts, with the first wife’s (Mikayi) hut facing the gate. The other wives would be housed to the left of the Mikayi (second wife – Nyachira) and the right (third wife – Reru). Each would have a separate granary close to their respective houses. The sons would build starting from the eldest son from the left side of the gate. The man of the house stayed in a separate hut, where he would host other elders and resolve disputes in the family. The cattle sheds are placed close to the gate for ease of herding. Not far away, traditional dancers fill the air with traditional Luo songs, dancing vigorously as is typical with African dances with drums and other traditional music instruments.
Besides the Luo and the lake region cultural lifestyle, the Museum displays an array of fauna and flora found in the area with the snake park taking centre stage.
Another pavilion contains a terrarium containing mambas, spitting cobras, puff adders, and other venomous Kenyan snakes. Additionally, out of doors, the museum has a few additional exhibits, including a snake pit and a crocodile container.
Other pavilions show weaponry, jewellery, farm tools, and other artifacts made by the various peoples of the Nyanza Province. Additionally, there are exhibits of stuffed animals, birds, and fish. One pavilion houses the prehistoric TARA rock art, which was removed for its own protection to the museum after it was defaced by graffiti in its original location.
The museum’s most important and largest exhibition is the UNESCO-sponsored Ber-gi-dala. This is a full-scale recreation of a traditional Luo homestead. Ber-gi-dala consists of the home, granaries, and livestock corrals of an imaginary Luo man as well as the homes of each of his three wives, and his eldest son. Through signs and taped programs in both Luo and English, the exhibition also explains the origins of the Luo people, their migration to western Kenya, traditional healing plants, and the process of establishing a new home.
Yes, please. If you'll be there during lunch time. If you won't be there during lunch time, we still offer something to bite.
Depending on your interest and schedule, we are flexible to begin from as early as 8 am but not later than 3 pm. Please advise us at the time of booking.
This activity will conclude in latest by 7 pm for those who booked late. We will transfer you to your hotel of residence and this must be located within our catchment area that is 15 km. For those who require transfer beyond our catchment are they will be subjected to pay an additional cost.
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival/departure transfer in advance. In this case ou operations' representative will be at the airport to meet andgreet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.