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“Step into the past.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Railway Museum

Railway Museum
Uhuru rd, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #18 of 42 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Specialty Museums
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“Step into the past.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

A wonderful collection of memorabilia and unique locomotives from times past. The history of the railway in East Africa is well documented and explained, and a fascinating story.
This is well worth a mornings visit, and is within easy walking distance of the city centre.

Visited April 2013
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“Charming visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

A great little museum tucked away behind the main train station in the centre of Nairobi but well worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I may be biased, as I have a family connection to Kenyan Railways, but if you are interested in steam and the development of railways, this is for you. Lots to see. And fun. It is trough a seedy bit of town, so take a cab, and get them to wait. It's worth it.

Visited November 2012
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“Great for railroad buffs....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is a pretty gritty museum located off the beaten path in Nairobi. It has a few interesting displays (the "Out of Africa" loco, the touring seat of Teddy Roosevelt), but this is really only a museum for a railroad enthusiast. Others my find it boring.

Visited February 2013
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“Steam Locomotive Heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This railway museum, hidden away in the back streets of downtown Nairobi is hard to find, but if you have a passion for steam engines it is a MUST. If you have a driver to take you there you can be dropped off at the entrance to the "booking hall". If not then it is a bit of a trudge along an unmade track off Haille Salassie main road. Look for the turn at the Post Office. Slumbering on the overgrown siding tracks are several locomotives, ranging from a small tender engine to huge Garret monsters specially designed to haul loads of freight for the East African Railway from the coast of Kenya to Uganda. The great pleasure here is that you can clamber over any of the engines, admiring the design and engineering, without let or hindrance. No health and safety warnings, no guides to admonish, just an opportunity to indulge your fantasy of being an engine driver.Be as quick or as long as you like, nobody will interfere, although you may find a sleeping member of staff in one of the 1st Class carriages on display! You will be greeted with friendly smile.
The exhibition of railway memorabilia requires close attention and a bit of hard work to get to grips with all that is on offer. But again you have time and freedom to wander, so it pays to look closely at what is on offer. My absolute favorite exhibit is of a marvellous throne like wooden contraption that was strapped to the front of an engine permitting those seated on it to have a totally unobstructed view of Kenya as the train traversed the landscape. There is a photograph of Edward Prince of Wales in 1928, enjoying this unique experience. NB at the Karen Blixen Museum there is a copy of the menu of the Dinner she served him during the same tour.
Cold drnks may be bought but there is no food served

Visited March 2013
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