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Railway Museum

Uhuru rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #19 of 42 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Margate, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Payment to see a ram shackled museum of a bygone era with no personnel,working toilets,guides.explanations or refreshment facilities in down town artisan shanty Nairobi.A complete waste of time to see relics of an industry from a bygone area with no pride of what had been achieved.Do not waste your time trying to find this out of the way place.It's awful... More

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Ramsbury Wiltshire
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is such a delight and full of so many surprises. One can wander around old engines and carriages. If you've ever seen "Out of Africa" the train up from Mombassa is all here, some carriages are literally the ones used.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The museum of the "lunatic railway" - a real gem. View artifacts in the small museum, then climb into the carriages where the ManEaters of Tsavo dragged out a man while he was sleeping. Plus engines of more recent vintage. Great fun for children of all ages.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My father in law is a steam train enthusiast so when he visited Kenya for the first time we had to visit this place. There were no other visitors when we went, it was rather tricky getting to the museum. The traffic was a nightmare but was worth the wait. The trains are full of character and we were able... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

In the cramped area of downtown Nairobi there is a little hidden gem. An amazing space that is crammed, not very well displayed, little museum that shows the history of the East African Railway. It's a but muddled, and jumbled but there are some stand out pieces inside. The railway carriages sit a bit forlorn on the tracks, but you... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Sat on the Queens chair! The pictures and artefacts you will see there are simply amazing. You got to go see the trains from the olden days! Entry fee also friendly!

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Olney, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I am not a railway enthusiast but this museum appears to have a vast quantity of locomotives, carriages and memorabilia. The static displays or locomotives look good but could benefit from some and injection of cash to renovate some of them. Still worth a visit

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The museum offers an island of tranquility in the sea of noise that is Nairobi. You are free to clamber aboard the locomotives and carriages of a bygone era. There are some great stories of colonial era mishaps and adventures from the soldier eaten by a lion to sitting on the front of the train from Mombasa to Nairobi.

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Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Having visited, I now understand the colonial history better and how the railroad related to it. I asked for someone to guide me among the cluttered artifacts. The guide was fantastic! On Thursday afternoon we were the only ones there. Very hard to find behind the Polytechnic University and past a restaurant row of typical Kenyan food. Take a taxi.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Liked the historical artifacts inside and all the old trains outside. The guide was knowledgeable about the construction and history of building this railroad spanning from one end of Africa to the other.I enjoyed exploring the train from one of my favorite movies "Out of Africa." Lots of locomotives to visit. A must stop if you love trains

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