Kisumu Museum in Kenya : Kisumu is a port city on the shores of Lake Victoria, in the western region of Kenya, it’s the third largest city in the country, and it offers some fascinating Kenya Safari attraction to visit by the tourists. Kisumu Museum is located in Kisumu town along the Kisumu-Kericho highway, it was opened to the public in 1980, the museum is a tourism safari destination in that it stores and disseminates information on the cultural and scientific issues with the emphasis on the Western Kenya. The exhibits include the cultural history, thus the museum provides the educational services to the schools in the neighborhood.
Kisumu museum has participated in the multinational investigation on the limnology the scientific characteristics of the fresh water lakes of the Lake Victoria conducted from the international centre for the insect physiology and ecology (ICIPE) at Mbita in Kisumu that is at the Kisumu Museum some scientists carry out research activities that are the feature prominently in the recent years.
Kisumu Museum is made up of a series of the outdoor pavilions, some of which contain live animals such as a variety of fish from the lake Victoria, other creatures found at the museum includes Mambas, puff Adders, Spitting Cobras and other venomous snakes in Kenya and other exhibitions include the weaponary, jewelry and farm artefacts used by the people in the Nyanza province, one pavilion in the museum houses rocks with the Tara art work on them.
The most important exhibition thus far has been the Ber-gi-dala exhibition on a traditional Luo homestead and the Luo artefacts, This UNESCO-sponsored exhibition consists of the house, livestock corrals and the granary of a Luo man and explains the origins of the Luo people, their migration to the western Kenya and their customs and beliefs.
Kisumu Museum is also a gravity point for the seminars and workshops both for the international and local, it is attached to the Kisumu museum are number of various sites and monuments of the historical significance including the Fort Tenan, Songhor, Thimlich Ohinga and Rusinga Islands.
Sites and Monuments in Kisumu Museum.
Simba Nyaima means the village that sank, Simba Nyaima is a crater lake that is situated a few kilometers from the lake shore of Lake Victoria, and the Luo people attach great importance to this site because of the legendary story.
It is said that the people of Simba were celebrating their success at the chief’s home, when an old woman appeared, looking for the shelter and food, but the chief chased her away and threatened her. Then she was forced to leave but however one woman took pity on her and offered her some food and a warm bath. The old lady advised this woman to leave the village with her children and husband, no sooner had they left the village, then the heavy storm swept through the whole village and it sank it. So Simba Nyaima is a great tourism Kenya safari destination.
Kanam Prehistorical Site.
The Kanam Prehistorical Site is located along the shores of Lake Victoria near the Homa Mountain, this archeological site was gazetted in 1933, after Louis Leaky’s expedition discovered a fossil human mandible together with Pleistocene fauna and the peeble tools, currently the researchers have found that the site is a palaeontogical bones dating between 1 and 6 years ago.
Tom Mboya Mausoleum.
Tom Mboya Mausoleum was built in the honor and remembrance of the late Tom Mboya. This is the burial place of Tom Mboya, it has information on the family, and Luo history. Tom Mboya’s role as an international agent of Kenyan government is also presented, the transfer of this mausoleum to the care and protection of the National Museums of Kenya has led to its proper management and conservation. The Mausoleum will form an infrastructure of the greater museum to come on the Rusinga Island.