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National Archives

Moi Avenue | P.O. Box 49210, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
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Ranked #22 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
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Type: History Museums, Libraries
Description: This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
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Nairobi, Kenya
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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4 attraction reviews
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
14 helpful votes 14 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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72 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Even after living in Kenya for a month it is hard to get any understanding of the culture of the tribes, it is rather forgotten than discussed by most. The Archives cannot quite be compared to the National Museum, but for any interested in going deeper in understanding of the different tribes there are so few places available in Kenya... More

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I was able to learn about both arts and history of Kenya. The displays of arts and crafts are mostly from West Africa, and this collection are really really impressive. History and politics of Kenya were also exhibited, with story of Tom Mboya.

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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

First stop after breakfast. Admission for a non resident is 200 shillings. You will need a minimum of one hour to do justice to all that is here. History buffs will appreciate the numerous collections of documents and photos, with many of the figures still alive today. The various tribes are well represented with sculptures, wood carvings, and other materials.... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

The place is good to visit and it's right at the heart of Nairobi. If one wants to study more about Kenyan history and politics, that's the place to go. It's very near the monument of the late Tom Mboya, a real hero in Kenyan early history.

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Roodepoort, South Africa
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8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I walked to the National Archives from the Intercontinental. The displays offer a detailed picture of Kenya, its people and the culture. Make sure you go there

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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The museum is interesting but you really have to take some time to go through and read all the little details to get most out of it. The presentation is fairly basic and wouldn't be engaging for someone not willing to commit the time and effort to digging around a bit. Would only recommend if you've got some time and... More

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