Nairobi National Museum
Nairobi National Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Nairobi National Museum is the flagship brand for the National Museums of Kenya. Located on Museum Hill, the museum showcases Kenya's rich Heritage with four distinct themes representing Kenya's Culture, Nature, History and Contemporary Art.Other attractions within the compound include the Snake Park and Botanical Gardens as well as a State of the Art Auditorium that occasionally hosts concerts, film shows and other events.Dining and shopping facilities await you after your tour with us in our commercial wing. Enjoy your visit with us at the National Museum.
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  • MiguelCE
    Berlin, Germany14 contributions
    We love it
    We had been there for the second time. Nairobi is África, so you can decide between crowded places or the National Museum, e.g. . You will find a guide on request but we go alone. It‘s anthropological, histórical, fauna, a mix of all. Plus the galleries, you may buy an African painting. The ppl are kind in the nothing expensive coffee shop. The resto we didn‘t try. The snakes and aquarium beside really needs to be refurbished. Apart: WE, this time, were the Museum pieces. A group of school kids entered, observing us. Well educated themselves, my sponsern commented: „I would adopt every single one of them, so cute“ what my son completed with „and so peaceful, not like Western ones“. May that take for long. That‘s the good side of Africa.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Eric Munene
    Nairobi, Kenya1 contribution
    Amazing place, 100% would recommend one to visit.
    It's an amazing place where you get to learn about the history, nature and culture of Kenya. You also get a chance to visit the snake park and aquarium which is still part of the museum. The best part is you can get a guided tour to be able to understand more about the museum and the country as a whole.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 14, 2023
  • GlobetrotterNL83
    Greater London, United Kingdom1,018 contributions
    Nice exhibits
    We found this an interesting museum. We enjoyed looking at the birds and learnt a bit of Kenya's history. There is some art on display too. Shame that they only accept card payments and then we get charged an additional 3%. Lots of personal details need to be provided to get a ticket too, which seems unnecessary. Cafe and restaurant on site.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • oznewbie
    196 contributions
    Far more informative and enjoyable than expected
    We decided on visiting the National Museum after completing a safari that had included a visit to Joy Adamson's house. We had read some mixed reviews about the Museum so weren't sure of what we'd find. It was great! It has good exhibits that describe the early Omani influences through shipping trade (but is a bit light on the slave traders) through to English colonialism and eventual Independence and recent history. There is also an extensive display of paintings made by Joy Adamson of peoples from all the Kenyan Communities, as well as many of local flora. And of course, some great displays of the amazing animals that can be found in Kenya, as well as early human development. There are a couple of nice food places in the grounds of the Museum and you can easily find yourself being immersed in the exhibits for far more hours than you expected to be. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • bolild
    Kings Mountain, North Carolina146 contributions
    Would have liked more time here.
    Very interesting museum with some amazing exhibits. We accepted an English speaking guide and actually think the experience would have been much better on our own. Signage was available in English and the guide was fairly rigid in rushing us through based on his plan. We only had an hour at the museum, 2-3 would have been much better. Skip the reptile house unless you are very interested in them. History section was well done and I could have spent a lot more time in the bird exhibit. I read about difficulty for tourists to get tickets in, but our tour operator took care of this process for us.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
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gotraveler_100
Yorba Linda, CA16 contributions
Aug 2022
Our poor experience at the museum was due to Lydia, one of the customer service agents as you enter the museum. As we had limited time to see the museum, she suggested she would provide a tour to make sure we saw what was most important. Though she rushed it a bit, it appeared we saw a good portion of the small museum. At the conclusion, my husband offered her a $5 tip. She protested (I also thought the $5 was a little light) so I added $10. I had my wallet open and she saw a $50 bill. She pointed at the bill and brazenly asked, "Can I have that?" I declined and she made a little fuss. My husband gave her another $5.

We've experienced museum clerks and other hospitality employees cheating us on ticket prices or giving substantially incorrect change but have never experienced a shakedown like we had with Lydia. Very poor employee representation for a national museum.

The museum provides the history of Kenya and also includes natural history. It is small and doesn't take much time to see everything. If you choose to go, decline a personal tour, most especially by Lydia, as the only thing Lydia did was read from the plagues next to each display - something anyone can easily do.
Written August 21, 2022
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Tom
Malmö, Sweden19 contributions
Sep 2022
Lovely museum in a nice park setting. A small reptile zoo called snake park is in the same location.

There are some lovely exhibitions about Kenya, pre and post-colonialism, as well as the wildlife and people of the region.

Snake park is ok, kind of fun, although a bit strange that in the main enclosure all the lizards and snakes were eating each other, which was a little distressing.

Nice little cafe on site with good food, also has a very reasonably priced souvenir shop I would highly recommend compared to the usual price-gouging affairs these are.

A must visit really, only 1500 KSH for a foreigner with access to the Snake Park.
Written October 1, 2022
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Julie L
Wirral, United Kingdom55 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Some parts of the museum need refreshing but it is an interesting introduction to Kenya. I liked the exhibitions on the evolution of homo sapiens; the life cycles and the history of Nairobi. The small exhibition on money/currency was much better than expected
Written January 12, 2020
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Luke-n-LauraB
St. Helier, UK530 contributions
Jun 2022
Always nice to visit national museums when visiting new places. This is no exception, lots of cool exhibitions, from animals to history with culture and education and everything else in between! There are some great displays and lots to see and read about, but perhaps lacks a little sequencing and cohesion. Half our group was also pounced on by someone for a show around which typically finished requiring a fee for, but such is, no biggy, just sometimes nice to explore these things at your own pace.
Written July 3, 2022
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Petitewave
Perth, Australia1,028 contributions
Dec 2019
Nairobi National Museum is a quite nice museum which divided into four sections: Kenyan history, Nature, culture and contemporary art. Apart from Kenyan history and natural section, I really enjoyed the comprehensive collection of hundreds of birds despite over crowded display.
On the side of the main building, there is a restaurant on a nice terrace, but food there was not that great. We also had a leisurely walk around the garden. Very pleasant.
Overall, it’s a museum with adequate collection & exhibits and well displayed and informative, Well worth a visit.
Written November 17, 2020
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Chris N
3 contributions
Dec 2020
The museum counts many sections from human evolution to the history and peoples of Kenya to a snake park. Take the time to read the notes and descriptions, I personally particularly enjoyed those in the "cycle of life" section. Very nice museum!
Written December 12, 2020
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Lau M.
3 contributions
Mar 2020
I loved the museum and snake park. I would suggest going there on weekdays, when there is little 'human traffic'. If you've never been there, visit and get to know one, two things about Kenya's history. There is also an art gallery; window shop, buy a piece or 3😅 even get inspo for projects, I mean, who doesn't love art. Move on to snake park, carry a snake friend, see the crocs, tortoise and marine life. Perfect cheap date idea.
Written February 24, 2021
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Markus J.
Recklinghausen, Germany9 contributions
Sep 2020
We had a nice day at the Nairobi National Museum. Due to the actual situation ( Covid19 ) there were only a few people there what made it even easier and nicer. The museum is well organized and gives a very good and complete overview about the Kenyan history, the animals ...

Besides that you should save the money that you maybe pay for the snake park. It was a poor experience and you can do something better with that money. Also you find a restaurant with a nice terrace and a souvenir shop aorund. Obviously the waitress at the restaurant was not pleased, because we decided just to have a drink there while waiting for our driver. She showed that she was not amused about the " just drink " and wanted to sell some dinner also...

Allover a nice place to spend time and get a closer look at the history, animals and life in Kenya.
Written October 21, 2020
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hollysmum_8
West Molesey, UK185 contributions
Feb 2022
I spent a couple of hours wandering around this beautifully renovated museum. It tells the fascinating story of Kenya, from its early days, through colonialism, to the Mau Mau era, to Independence and all that that has meant in terms of progress. They have some lovely exhibits, including a huge room devoted to all the birds of Africa - and there are many! There is also a large gallery showing Joy Adamson (of Elsa the Lion fame) paintings. Who knew she was such a fine artist and many of her works have become reference pieces.
I was there on a Saturday morning - perhaps not the best choice of days as there was an extremely large and vocal group of primary school kids! But never mind, the museum was big enough that I managed to avoid them most of the time! And good for Kenya, showing their children their heritage. Only bad bit I would say is the Snake Park - a sad and run down exhibit, not worthy of the rest of the place.
Written April 2, 2022
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Cee_Wanderlust
Philadelphia, PA410 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
$15 for the museum and snake park which was a great deal. We did the snake park first.., our guide was knowledgeable and patient. For the museum we opted to explore it alone, and we still enjoyed it.

I’d recommend visiting while in Nairobi
Written February 4, 2020
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