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National Archives

Moi Avenue | P.O. Box 49210, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
254-20-2228959
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$40*
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Ranked #21 of 42 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a very cheap place to visit in central Nairobi, opposite Hilton hotel. I spent around and hour or two just roaming around looking at the brilliant art works. Being British it was also great to see some of the letters and stamps from colonial rule as well. Some great old photos too which I always love to look... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

with its name the archives lots of history, culture,politics and designs for the fashion icons is hidden here. i loved the artifacts of the various tribes in Kenya and Africa and the designed clothes in the ground floor, also the the fee is quite cheap . the management should care enough to take care of the second floor consisting the... More

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

A fascinating exhibition of African artefacts, images and crafts including information on the process of independence

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Biddulph, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The Kenya National Archives building is in the centre of the city and contains many exhibits depicting the history of Kenyan and other East African peoples. The presentation is not particularly imaginative and the interior of the building is generally quite dark. I've visited twice and, on each occasion, the lift to the first floor wasn't working. The building is... More

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Nairobi
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Known but unfrequented this gallery of antiques carefully curated over more than 10 decades is must visit for any history lover. With pieces ranging from antique weapons to cultural masks, with intriguing detail and mastery is to say the least a gem within Nairobi.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A great place to find records, but be prepared to spend a lot of time there. The staff are extremely helpful.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A great place to learn about Kenya's history and culture, its very educative. They don't allow taking photos for commercial use unless given special permission, photos for personal use are allowed, hence a camera would be ideal to document the trip. Its a short visit, therefore children would not get easily bored.

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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It's on the intersection between Kenyatta Avenue and Moi Avenue, which is among the two largest streets in Nairobi. Fee for non-residents are 200 KSH, which is remarkably low compared to other museums around here. There's a hodgepodge of stuff inside, mainly art pieces and some introductions to their political leaders. Spent around an hour wandering through. Not especially enlightening,... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

there is nothing there for an adventure lover, just a building in the middle of nairobi town, it is like making a library a tourist location

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Worth a visit to have a closer look at Kenyan and African history. The collection of artifacts show tribal culture and the events leading up to independence from Colonial Britain. The archives is housed in what was once a bank. Impressive building, but time has stood still for fifty years here. Old, tired,dusty is the best description but still a... More

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