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“A hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Railway Museum
Uhuru rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #15 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
Type: Specialty Museums
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This small, out of the way museum was a lot of fun. Great for kids who may clamber over old engines and cars. Great story about building the railway and man eating lions!

Visited August 2012
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“the place is clean welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

hospitality of staffs, visiting the museum reminds me of old days where i was no born this give me an opportunity to learn how our grandparents did good work, the government also tried to preserve and conserve this heritage for future.

Visited September 2011
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“Cheap as chips, but well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

This place is barely hanging on in museum terms. It is tiny, just over one floor. I think the girl on the door was also the janitor and curator! But it is truly fascinating and what is packed into the small space is amazing, with everything from the pioneers of the railways in Kenya - from the man eating lion truck to the massive steam engines now sadly rusting away in the yard outside. The cabinets were carefully labelled by some enthusiast years ago and it is all quite informing if a little sad that no-one seems to care for this part of Kenyan history any more (perhaps because one can't escape from the fact that it was the Brits, mainly the Scots, built it all, and the death toll amongst the local navvies was horrendous, no thanks to man eating lions and mosquitos). You can sit on the very seat the Prince of Wales sat on when he visited too, ask the friendly staff to take a photo. A quirky but affecting place that will leave an impression. A great idea is to combine seeing this with a trip on the train to Mombasa later. Get to the station early and get your first class overnight ticket with dinner, then see the museum whilst you're waiting for the train to leave (at 7pm). You'll see your travel in a much different light when you know how the track was built.

Visited September 2011
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“NEGLECTED GEM”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Rather out of the way, near the Nairobi train terminus. Well laid out, with nice historical displays. Railway buffs should not miss.

Visited August 2011
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“The best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

If you are a history buff and want to know more about the origin of Nairobi then this is the place to be. The museum traces the history of Uganda railway, also knows as the iron snake and how halfway point came to be Nairobi. The photos are fantastic and there are literally hundreds of artifacts in the museum itself. Then outside, you can see some of the original locomotives, including the one that Lyall was killed in by a lion. In another area there are loads of decommissioned passenger trains most of which date back to the 1950s, that you can wander through. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints these trains have seen better days.and their interiors are rather shabby.
All in all, no visit to Nairobi should be without seeing the railway museum. Admission price is very reasonable and the staff are extremely helpful.

Visited January 2012
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