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Nairobi National Museum

Address: Museum Hill, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Phone Number: 254-20-3741641
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Ranked #15 of 93 things to do in Nairobi
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Nairobi National Museum is the flagship brand for the National Museums of Kenya. Located on...
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Lots of taxidermy showing the animals of east Africa. Also good exhibits on the beginning of man; nice diorama of the different stages of man

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Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Though the museum's collection hasn't been updated very recently, there is still a lot to take in at this large and diverse museum. The ethnographic collection containing clothing and ritual items from various ethnic groups in Kenya was very interesting. The history of Kenya exhibit provides a good summary of events since the onset of British colonization (though has little... More 

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Dhaka, null, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Had an wonderful experience to this great and vast museum. A must visit place and helpful guide will explain everything in details. This place doesn't only talk about Africa, rather it's large collection of skulls and fossils provide a rare insight of start of the human civilization.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I really could have spent longer here, particularly in the exhibition on the history of Nairobi. However, I was struck by the bias that was in the accounts written for the display... however, this is Kenya and a pinch of salt should be taken at all times

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Nairobi, Kenya
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Everything is basically the same since 1990's they renovated the whole place but nothing new there, the snake park is the size of a standard house has a lot of glasses without creatures, nothing interesting, they have increase the entrance fee but the place is all the same boring stuff, the restaurants are okay, you would enjoy sitting in the... More 

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Carrollton, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This small museum has an amazingly large collection. The exhibits are well-organized and provide a thorough view of Kenya's wildlife and history. I was offered a personal tour when I entered, with the fee being a tip of my choice at the end. I accepted, and a young man, Bonface Okore, escorted me through the exhibits. His knowledge of most... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The bird display is incredible and sad at the same time. There are thousands of dead birds on display which I found educational but a bit morbid at the same time.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

What an amazing surprise to see the collection of skeletons and masks of the Australopithecus, Turkana boy and lucy!!! I have studied them and never imagined I could even stand before them!! A must when in town!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very conveniently located and looks really monumental as you enter Nairobi from Westlands. They got a lot see and learn about past world

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The best parts for me were the sections on the Mau Mau "troubles" and the early human history as evidenced by the skulls etc unearthed in the Rift Valley. Really interesting! Also good coffee at the outside cafe.

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