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Address: Museum Hill, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Phone Number: 254-20-3741641
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Description: The Nairobi National Museum is the flagship brand for the National Museums...
The Nairobi National Museum is the flagship brand for the National Museums of Kenya. Located on Museum Hill, the museum showcases Kenya's rich Heritage with four distinct themes representing Kenya's Culture, Nature, History and Contemporary Art.Other attractions within the compound include the Snake Park and Botanical Gardens as well as a State of the Art Auditorium that occasionally hosts concerts, film shows and other events.Dining and shopping facilities await you after your tour with us in our commercial wing. Enjoy your visit with us at the National Museum.
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Nice museum

This is a great museum to learn about the history of Kenya, the cultures, natural history of the region, and more. We got a tour guide to give us a 2 hour private tour for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Zarrentin, Germany
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Zarrentin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum to learn about the history of Kenya, the cultures, natural history of the region, and more. We got a tour guide to give us a 2 hour private tour for 1000ksh. He was knowledgable about the displays and it made a big difference. The signs throughout the museum are no terribly informative. We also went... More 

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Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This museum of natural and human history is unexpectedly good. It is well curated with a good range of exhibits and accompanying explanation panels which means you could easily spend a whole afternoon here working your way around the different rooms. The collection of bird species is excellent and the early-human exhibition is also very good; superior to its counterpart... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is perhaps the best museum I've been in East Africa. The displays are clearly labelled and provide useful information about a wide range of topics: from Kenyan birds, through to Kenyan history and much more. The foreigner entrance fee is perhaps too high at 1200KES.

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Fergus, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The museum is really worth a visit if only to see the fabulous human fossil collection. Their display is quite amazing. We learned a lot about the history of Kenya as well as the culture of the many different tribes living there. The mammal display and bird display summarized our safari trips in Kenya quite nicely. The live reptile display... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The museum is full of information about the different Kenyan cultures as well as history. I liked the comparison of the traditional child raring methods and the modern ones. It brings nostalgia of the games that we played when we were young, the hand-made dolls (this generation has no idea how much fun it is missing), the mud cars, houses,... More 

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Orebro, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Ive been to the national musem plenty of times and we like the place. They have a huge collection of birds and if you like to watch dead birds you can see the most spieces of Kenyas birdlife. If you live in Nairobi its good to buy a "annual card" that allows you to go into more museums in Kenya... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Ask for a guide! Learn the history of humans. Learn the history of Kenya ! Some rooms were empty? Some filled with local art works!

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Ames, Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Nairobi National Museum was much updated 8 years ago. We enjoyed the Kenya History section the best, but the other sections on natural history and other subjects were also good. .

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Nice museaum but seems to be run down a bit..The lighting was quite poor and all it needed were more windows instead of expensive electricity..

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The national museum gives the visitor a feel of Kenyan History. It is a calm place with various exhibitions. Various artists and local perfomances showing Kenyan Culture also take place at the museum halls.

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