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“A true slice of history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Railway Museum

Railway Museum
Uhuru rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #19 of 43 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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“A true slice of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Few expereiences in Africa can match that of the Railway Museum in Nairobi, even if railways are not your thing.
Kenya the country and Nairbi the city exist because of the railway. There are photos showing the first few days of Nairobi's existence: a railway, horses grazing and a motely collection of white tents scattered across a grassy plain.
Contrary to what a few reviewers have said, most of the museum is inside, a massive jumble of photographs, objects and stories of the past. Many of the items have a unique tale to tell; nothing major but plenty of dusty, fading memories being heard down the years.
One particularly moving story, and nothing at all to do with the railways, is the detailed story of how Queen Elizabeth heard the sad news that her father had died in 1952. It's not quite the story that many of us knew from our childhood.
All kinds of railway memorabilia is jammed into the building: just take your time exploring.
Outside a huge collection of old railway engines and carriages disappears into the distance. It is remarkably difficult to tell which railway carriages are in the museum and which are just sitting in the sidings alongside! The trpical heat and rain takes its toll quickly. Perhaps the most famous is Carriage #12 from which a British superintendednt was dragged by the man-eating lion of Tsavo.
Alongside the Railway Museum is a small and very pleasant art gallery, unadvertised, but with many good paintings. It's free, so do spend an extra 10 minutes there too! :)

Visited December 2012
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“Nairobi Railway Museum - Spoorweg museum Nairobi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We went here on a Saturday morning expecting rain.
Luckily it turned out be an okay morning since most of he attraction, the trains are outside.
The actual museum was great for us adults with lots of historic things like photographs, models and a nice map showing EAR, East African Railways.
Outside was the main attraction for the kids, lots of trains to look at, climb in and on and run around.
It cost less than KSH 1000 for us 4 which is great value for money.

The only negative point would be the upkeep, but that is probably due to the costs...

Erg leuk om te bezoeken, vooral ook met kinderen.
Aanrader!

Visited November 2012
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“intresting afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Both me and my wife had a pleasent afternoon looking at the trains.we took loads of pictures of me and Wendy in the carriages and on the engines.

Visited January 2012
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“Worth to pass by”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

Nothing much to expect but its worth it of you pass by. It was a good couple of hours if like museums and into photography

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“dad's day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

my first time i visited this place was 9 years ago after my class eight. my dad took being the first born child and i had done my KCPE he was very happy. I loved having seen the different classes of train the oldest that was in the museum and the new ones that were now being used.

i loved the adventure so much. Thank you to all that are concerned i matters of administration and everything else.

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