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“Great place to know more about Kenya” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nairobi National Museum

Nairobi National Museum
Museum Hill, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
254-20-3741641
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Ranked #9 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Nairobi National Museum is the flagship brand for the National Museums of Kenya. Located on Museum Hill, the museum showcases Kenya's rich Heritage with four distinct themes representing Kenya's Culture, Nature, History and Contemporary Art.Other attractions within the compound include the Snake Park and Botanical Gardens as well as a State of the Art Auditorium that occasionally hosts concerts, film shows and other events.Dining and shopping facilities await you after your tour with us in our commercial wing. Enjoy your visit with us at the National Museum.
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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“Great place to know more about Kenya”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Gives you a good idea of the country in terms of natural history and its people. Some exhibits are better than others but overall a good place to spend some time and learn about the country. Recommended for families with kids and tourists. Their annual 'Know Kenya' course seems greatly appreciated by those who participated (often new expat arrivals in Kenya).

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“Disappointing considering the wealth of Kenyan culture that could be included, but the hominid skulls make up for it.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

When you consider that over 40 different tribes, each with their own distinct culture, make up the Kenyan Nation, only a tiny fraction is represented here.

I suppose the best artifacts have long since been taken away to grace museum halls across the waters in Europe and elsewhere, but it would be nice to see some of these returning "home" in the future.

There is a fascinating section on the colonial history of Kenya and the sometimes painful transition to independence and beyond, along with some good natural history displays.

However, the highlight of my trip was the section dealing with human evolution, which boasts what is probably the most significant collection of hominid skulls and other remains from our earliest humanoid ancestors. Well worth the entrance fee for these alone.

The one negative was the exorbitant prices charged in the book store / gift shop. Buy elsewhere if you can - it's much cheaper. I'd also avoid the coffee shop unless all you want are the basics. Use the washrooms inside the main building, too - the outdoor ones are probably the filthiest in Nairobi!

Visited March 2013
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“Interesting insight to local history & wildlife”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

+ Well worth getting a guide. Really liked most of the exhibits.
- Our tour felt a little rushed, ask them to go at your pace.

Visited November 2012
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“Awesome museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We visited the museum on our last day of our Safari trip to Kenya and were pleasantly surprised at its size and quality. We were given a tour by an intern who was extremely knowledgeable of Kenyan History, culture and wildlife. We learned a lot of Kenyan history, culture and of the many wildlife we had just seen on safari. A must visit if you have the time.

Visited March 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Learning about Kenya”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Great bird and reptile display. The most interesting part is the evolution which features the ancient bones from millions of years ago. You also get to see a bit of Kenyan culture and history which is interesting.

Visited December 2012
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