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“Rare insight into Kenyan culture” 4 of 5 stars
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National Archives
Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
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Owner description: This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
Gothenburg, Sweden
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“Rare insight into Kenyan culture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Even after living in Kenya for a month it is hard to get any understanding of the culture of the tribes, it is rather forgotten than discussed by most. The Archives cannot quite be compared to the National Museum, but for any interested in going deeper in understanding of the different tribes there are so few places available in Kenya so this one should not be missed.

The presentation is not so good, to get something out of it give it 1.5 hours and walk slowly (place is small) and read the signs and admire the art.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I was able to learn about both arts and history of Kenya. The displays of arts and crafts are mostly from West Africa, and this collection are really really impressive. History and politics of Kenya were also exhibited, with story of Tom Mboya.

Visited November 2013
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dallas
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“Nairobi Treasured Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

First stop after breakfast. Admission for a non resident is 200 shillings. You will need a minimum of one hour to do justice to all that is here. History buffs will appreciate the numerous collections of documents and photos, with many of the figures still alive today. The various tribes are well represented with sculptures, wood carvings, and other materials. The second floor will delight the stamp buffs and it is up here that you might need more time to hunt for the first air mail stamps to Kenya, among others. The building itself adds to the fun if discovery.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Visit the Nairobi National Archives”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

The place is good to visit and it's right at the heart of Nairobi. If one wants to study more about Kenyan history and politics, that's the place to go. It's very near the monument of the late Tom Mboya, a real hero in Kenyan early history.

Visited August 2013
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“Worthwhile excursion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

I walked to the National Archives from the Intercontinental. The displays offer a detailed picture of Kenya, its people and the culture. Make sure you go there

Visited October 2013
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