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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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Ranked #23 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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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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Blyth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a really great 'must see' as it really gives you an insight into this great country. All the staff were very pleasant and made us feel very welcome.

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Kenya's National Archives is located in one of Nairobi's oldest stone buildings, the former Bank of India built in 1906. The first floor and much of the second floor houses the Murambi Gallery, a fascinating collection of art and artifacts from Joseph and Sheila Murumbi, tow of Africa's most famous collectors. Joseph Murumbi was Kenya's first Foreign Minister and the... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The National Archives, apart from being a record and national literature library, is a collection of African artifacts showing different styles and cultures from all over the continent. As a fan of African ethnography I found it amazing, much more here than you will find in any museum and a with much more variation in regards to region and people.... More

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Mola di Bari, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I have had the opportunity to inspect books and writings dating back over 100 years relating to a particular tribe of Kenya. I found all the historical and geographical information I needed. Very nice and highly trained and informed.

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Mumias
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Things are in good state in terms of keeping records , clean, accessible, amble parking, its in town

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Toronto, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I like the history hidden in books and the old pieces found here. More lighting would do...but anyway being an achieve its allowed.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

A lot of interesting objects, but the place does not give them space enough to shine. On the upper floor a rich collection of first-day stamp marks describing various events in the last 70-80 years.

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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The Archives show photos and give information about all the various tribes of Kenya and their traditional lives. It's a very informative and educational exhibition.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Completely disorganized. Disappointing. If it was not Government funded, I am not sure how it would still survive. However, if you are a researcher, you could scramble through things and find a lot of unorganized but valuable information.

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