We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good to wander through when passing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of National Archives

National Archives
Moi Avenue | P.O. Box 49210, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
254-20-2228959
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
$43*
and up
Ranked #18 of 42 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Libraries, History museums, Museums, Traveler Resources
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good to wander through when passing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It's on the intersection between Kenyatta Avenue and Moi Avenue, which is among the two largest streets in Nairobi. Fee for non-residents are 200 KSH, which is remarkably low compared to other museums around here.

There's a hodgepodge of stuff inside, mainly art pieces and some introductions to their political leaders. Spent around an hour wandering through. Not especially enlightening, but hey it's there and it's cheap.

Visited June 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

53 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    20
    18
    11
    2
    2
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
“is this a tourist location seriously??”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

there is nothing there for an adventure lover, just a building in the middle of nairobi town, it is like making a library a tourist location

Visited May 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
192 reviews 192 reviews
93 attraction reviews
Reviews in 86 cities Reviews in 86 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Worth a visit...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Worth a visit to have a closer look at Kenyan and African history. The collection of artifacts show tribal culture and the events leading up to independence from Colonial Britain. The archives is housed in what was once a bank. Impressive building, but time has stood still for fifty years here. Old, tired,dusty is the best description but still a good option. Entry fee of 200 shillings per person.

Visited February 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gothenburg, Sweden
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed National Archives also viewed

 

Been to National Archives? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage National Archives, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.