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Address: Uhuru rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Good little museum

Given that Nairobi exists as it is today because of the railway, it was fun to understand it better. The guide who showed me around was essential to the experience, as the museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Given that Nairobi exists as it is today because of the railway, it was fun to understand it better. The guide who showed me around was essential to the experience, as the museum isn't heavy on explanatory signs. There was a bit much about the trains themselves for my taste, but the history of the construction and ensuing changes to... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This was a great place to take a 9 year old boy. No one ever tells you to get off the trains, so he could climb on to all of them. The museum was kind of sad. It has some interesting artifacts and photos, but it could use a real museum curator to better display and preserve them. I enjoyed... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

get to see the past years model of kenyan well preserved trains and get to have a great time to a learn the history of the Kenyan railways.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A small collection of railway 'stuff' and some steam engines and rolling stock languishing outside. I am sure real enthusiasts will get excited at the rusting history, but it just made me sad. Recommended only for real steam heads.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The museum was smaller than I thought, but it had a great collection. It's crowded with artifacts and has a great mix of antiques, photos, press clippings, and excerpts from books. The museum docent was excellent. He was very passionate about railroads, and I only wish I could have answered his questions about what they are like in my country!

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

The Railway Museum is rich in history that spans over a century. There are multiple facets to the entire experience including an indoor museum with historical artefacts, reading material and the outdoor display of various train models spanning over a century. The indoor set-up was thrilling to an old soul like me but could do with a little more imaginative... More 

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Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Popped in for an hour whilst killing time. Remarkable set of artefacts and some great stories relating to the railways and the massive abuse of local lives by the shameful British colonial leaders. My particular favourite exhibit was the carriage from which a British superintendent was ripped by the man-eating lion he was so arrogantly ready to finish off. Needless... More 

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Mahone Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

a great way to understand how this part of Africa was developed. Lots of technical and historical information.

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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Like a lost pearl in an ocean, for railway enthusiasts the Railway Museum lets you step back in town. It is one of the only museums where you can walk onto the trains and historical engines, right into the cabin from the Man Eaters of Tsavo. It should be promoted much more as it is so authentic

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Loved this museum which is chock full of authentic memorabilia and a train yard full of antique engines and carriages that you actually get to board! Kids and adults will love this place equally. Hint: bring along a snack or lunch depending on your visiting time as there isn't a restaurant or kiosk around; unless you want to eat locally.

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