Nairobi National Museum

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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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Patrick_K
Handen, Sweden15 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
I had a day off in Nairobi and went to the National Museum. I got a warm welcome and was provided with a guide, Mary. She was really knowledgeable and also great at telling the stories. She made the whole experience interesting and fun. Would recommend doing the museum prior to doing the safari as the information given about the animals at the museum will enhance the safari experience.

The one hour limit in the museum is however a bit short, would maybe need 2 hours. Especially if you have a great guide as it takes some time to go through the exhibition thoroughly.

All my thanks to Mary and the museum staff. You made my time in the museum unforgettable <3.
Written December 17, 2021
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Richard
61 contributions
Jan 2022
As a Brit visiting Kenya and Nairobi for the first time, the museum was a great way to explore and learn some of the country's history.

A straightforward and simple layout is easy to follow and the exhibits are relevant and apposite.

A great way to pass an afternoon.
Written January 4, 2022
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Claudio G
Sicily, Italy20 contributions
Aug 2021
I suggest coming here for two reasons:
1. If it is your first trip to Kenya and not have much time, this museum will teach you a huge amount of knowledge on this fabulous country.
2. If you are going to spend a lot of time in Kenya or are already knowledgeable, the museum will help you understand better some nuances or clarify some aspects that you missed.

I strongly suggest hiring a guide.
You can also buy modern art in the up floor.
Written September 12, 2021
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zalishariff
Karachi, Pakistan140 contributions
Mar 2020
Nairobi National Museum was both interesting and a disappointment. Simple things like signage are noticeably missing. Any museum, right after the entry, will have a large guide map in the foyer area to guide you to the different rooms and what these contain. This museum doesn’t. Neither is there any meaningful sign at the entrance of each room. Even a lot of the signs on the exhibits have abrupt and basic content. There is a lot on the evolution of mankind, which is understandable, considering hominids (predecessors of Homo sapiens or the ‘modern’ man) are supposed to have originated some 6 million years in the Great Rift Valley of Africa which runs through Kenya also. But there is hardly anything on the history of Kenya itself, pre and post-independence. The collection of stuffed birds is enormous and must be a delight for bird-lovers in general. Although again literally hundreds of stuffed birds are crowded into relatively small glass cabinets, packed next to each other, rather like a stamps collection in a stamps book. It can do with many improvements. Though having no expertise in museology, while visiting the museum I got this strong urge to contact the management and offer my services to plan a revamp, just based on my own specialist knowledge of communications and public relations!
Written March 29, 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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Petitewave
Perth, Australia979 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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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands693 contributions
Aug 2021
The Nairobi National Museum is a very nice museum with information on art, animals, the evolution of humans, music instruments, general information on Kenya throughout the years, a bird collection with all the birds of Kenya and more. It is really nice for 2 hours and a nice way to spend your time in Nairobi. The entrance is very beautiful and there are more sights very close.
Written December 7, 2021
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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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Leah M
18 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I a great fan of the Nairobi Museum. I miss the old building which frequented often from early age to late twenties. The old building was smaller packed with artifacts and full of surprises. The new building is larger with less exhibitions. The museum could do with updated placards and more artifacts. That said I love the place. My favorite memory is when I was about 13 and had a great interest in fossils I visited the museum and wanted to meet Richard Leakey got to meet Meave Leakey and age sat there patiently listening to me. Don't remember what I said but now that I'm older I greatly appreciate her patience.
Written August 19, 2021
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sebastian p
Medellin, Colombia122 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
It’s a good place to start to know about what happened in the colonialism , about the country and his wildlife.

The museum is very simple but it’s in good shape. The information is clear.

Next to the museum is the Snake park, that i don’t recommend because they have their animals in the worst conditions. Something that they should close or at least improve.
Written January 9, 2020
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