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Covid-19 costs Fort Jesus national museum 25M loss

[The main entrance of the ancient Portuguese military barracks Fort Jesus in Mombasa. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Fort Jesus national museum has registered a 25.5 million shillings loss.

This was triggered by a closure of the museum since March following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The museum’s Chief curator Fatuma Twahir said the same revenue was generated between March and August last year.

Addressing journalists during the reopening of the historical site this week Ms Twahir said the pandemic led to a massive decline in revenue generation at the museum.

The visitors

The historical site depends more on schools, companies domestic and foreign tourists all of who were also affected by the virus.

She revealed that they have now embraced cashless payment systems so as to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We have installed hand washing facilities in all the corners of the museum. Visitors can wash and sanitise their hands,” said Ms Twahir.

She also disclosed that they have formulated a virtual program to educate Kenyans on the rich history of the fort.

Health guidelines

The Fort Jesus Chief curator urged Kenyans to visit the museum adding that they have initiated various measures to ensure that tourists visiting the fort are safe.

“We have been badly affected by Covid-19. However we have put all safety measures and fully adhered to all government health guidelines,” she said.

The pandemic affected all stakeholders at the museum including tour guides, photographers and food vendors.

Memorable moments

One of the domestic tourists, Jacob Simwero encouraged Kenyans and other foreign tourists to pay a visit at the Fort Jesus national museum saying it is one of the rich historical and educative sites in the Coastal Kenya.

[Both domestic and foreign tourists taking a walk inside the Fort Jesus national museums. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

He appreciated the efforts done by National Museum of Kenya on the reopening of the museum.

“I have missed such visits since March after the country recorded its first Covid-19 case. Today I am the first tourist to visit Fort Jesus after it reopened its doors, I am extremely delighted,” said a joyful Simwero.

The Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century between 1593-1596 to protect the port of Mombasa is one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of the 16th Portuguese military fortification.

The property covers an area of 2.36 hectares and includes the fort’s moat and immediate surroundings.