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National Archives

Neighborhood: Nairobi Central Business District
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Address: Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number: 254-20-2228959
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Description: This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan...
This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
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One large room and balcony with a collection of historical Kenyan (and African) artifacts

This is a nice collection of art from various tribes showing their different stylistic approaches (the highlight to me), historical artifacts (spears, shields, pottery), larger... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a nice collection of art from various tribes showing their different stylistic approaches (the highlight to me), historical artifacts (spears, shields, pottery), larger pieces including furniture, and more modern history of the independence period. It is kept clean and neat. Some of the guide material is a bit incomplete or misplaced. The Nairobi National Museum is larger and... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The history of Kenya is well protected here and the generations to come will enjoy and learn how this country started for a very long time.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

place is great to get to make great discoveries of the country and also of african heritage. liked the pictures explains alot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It's not the exhibits which struck a cord so much as the overall ambiance. A strange mixture of tribal artifacts from across Africa in a very colonial building; The Mau Mau Rebellion (including a letter from a Rebellion leader about to be executed) juxtapositioned with photo's of the colonial 'masters' who ruled at the time; A stamp collection showing East... More 

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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

it is a library where you can get a lot of Kenya history. It is in the midst of Nairobi. It is accessible at all times during daytime form Monday to Friday.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The national archive holds some of the priceless artefacts that define the rich history Kenya has brewed over the years. In here you will, for instance, see the famous Murumbi collection by Kenya's second vice president, who was a keen African art collector. Together with Alan Donovan of the African Heritage House, they managed to amass one of the largest... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

...but I wouldn't make the journey solely for it! The National Archives has exhibition space on the ground floor and first floor balcony. It's interesting enough, if a bit of a mish mash but good luck reading some of the descriptions with the lack of decent lighting. If you're willing to pay the not exactly cheap entrance fee you might... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

For history buffs, this is a good place to learn about Kenya. However, everything is still in hard copy

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My friends and I visited this museum accidentally, thinking it was another museum, and we had a nice, brief time there. There was nothing too spectacular, but the exhibits were interesting. We spent a very minimal amount of time here, probably 30-40 minutes all-in-all.

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Richmond, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

While the National Archives is not spectacular it was good and worth the 200 shillings. I enjoyed reading about things that weren't in the National Museum. Would be great for anyone doing research or who wanted a quirky introduction to things they didn't know they wanted to learn about.

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