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Railway Museum

Uhuru rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #18 of 42 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Specialty Museums
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Nairobi
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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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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London
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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
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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
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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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London
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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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The railway museum in Nairobi is a charming museum. It gives an impression of railways in the era when rail travel was the major way of transport on land. Engines are on show as well as carriages and all kind kind of paraphernalia (seats, cutlery, technical equipment etc). An attractive extra is the geocache trail set out in the museum... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This place is a little out of the way and definitely not your normal well set up slick museum, but considering that Nairobi owes its existence to the Mombasa - Uganda railway, if you're into history, trains or both then this is a must. The museum is a jumble of random artifacts from the pioneer days of East Africa, with... More

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