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National Archives

Neighborhood: Nairobi Central Business District
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Address: Moi Avenue | P.O. Box 49210, 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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A must while in Nairobi

It is not only the amazing collection, but the guide's experience on elaborating even more for us curious visitors

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It is not only the amazing collection, but the guide's experience on elaborating even more for us curious visitors

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NYC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The collection of weapons, lamps, plates, paintings, and headdresses from around Africa is from a single popular Kenya politician. It's interesting to see some of the items and you can actually touch many of them (i.e., cowbells and the weapons). It's 2 stories but doesn't require a lot of time to go through and read the descriptions. They usually have... More 

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The exhibition is not big very big, so you don't need a lot of time to see it all. The location is very good - right there in the city center.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Still my favorite place of old memories I decided to peep in. Last time was in the 90s! OOOH boy!! Outside is soo dangerous. Handbag bully snatchers, pickpockets, name them. Then this dwarfism poor monument of Tom Mboya!!! Are there no good metal artists in Kenya?... Well perhaps it fits their taste, The book cases are even dustier and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

It's conveniently located in the CBD, i went there one Saturday morning last year. On public holidays entry is free. Majority of the content is the Art collected by Kenya's second vice president the Late Dr. Murumbi.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Visited over the weekend with my colleagues. Expected to be done within half an hour but the collection/pieces on display kept us there for well over 2 hours. Very informative and courteous staff assisted with any questions we had.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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