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This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
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Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi Central Business District
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building itself is of the highest standard, and a great example of early 20th century British colonial architecture. You will need to pay a fee to enter. Unfortunately the collection for the museum is somewhat small, and not unlike that you'd find at Nairobi...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 7, 2018

Although not as big as I expected, the National Archives has an interesting collection of Kenyan and other African countries' artifacts, cultural objects, historical pictures, and so on. The place is a bit run-down (especially the toilets), but given that it's not so expensive (200...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Maybe for Kenyans who never experienced a better museum this can be interesting but for anyone else it would be a waste of time and money. The collections are small and not well maintained. It's past glory really.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ErwinvdM
Reviewed October 18, 2018

We had an excellent guide that showed us all the highlights. this is an under visited, under appreciated treasure. Time spend here is well spent.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Leanette C
Reviewed October 13, 2018

This is one of Nairobi's hidden gems because for residents, it's right there in your face but few ever notice it. The place is steeped in historic artefacts from Kenya's history as well as a few pieces from other parts of the African continent. Suffice...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank UkrainianinAfrica201
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

a pretty gem in the middle of nairobi. a large building with artefacts and pictures. walking around alone is interesting but two guides joined me and showed me around . would highly recommend as the guides made it fun. Oliver showed me around and I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Interesting little place right in the heart of the Nairobi CBD. Small but with a fair range of items however it would benefit from better lighting as many of the showcase lights were broken making it difficult to see what was inside clearly.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank futsanglung
Reviewed April 11, 2018

A great museum, well curated and full of great stories. Covers people who have been significant in the formation of Kenya, the good, the bad and the ugly! Great stamp collection covers Livingston’s trip across Africa too. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Diane G
Reviewed March 19, 2018

I enjoyed the Archives much more than the Museum. It had lots of African art, furniture and some excellent modern art, all together with newspaper cuttings and details of history. I got there at the end of the day and 45 minutes before closing time....More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed December 15, 2017

The National Archives is one of the best places to visit if you want to know more history abaut kenya, and its situated in the city. It contains most of of confidential details abaut the country from the time of colonial. Its a nice place...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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vincybeachhottie
Toronto, Canada
Single female's first visit...please help!! (15 Replies)
Hello ladies and gents, I'll be travelling to Kenya in March and staying with a friend in Westlands, Nairobi then onwards to Mombasa. Any advice/suggestions for my questions from the knowledgeable members here would be much appreciated. BTW, I'm 26y/o black female residing in Toronto for background purposes. 1) I'm very much a culture and beach lover but I realize a safari in Kenya should not be missed. How long a safari should I book (preferable no more than 3 nights) to have a great...More
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Hello, Welcome or Karibu Kenya. I live in Kenya and will attemp to answer your questions: Going on Safari: The Masai Mara is a fantastic experience, but I recommend 2 nights, as you will be able to fit a lot of game drives in and see most of the animals. If you go, make sure you do a dawn game drive - very special. The Mara is about 6hrs by (sometimes rough) road, or about 1 hr by air, from Wilson Airport. It is $70 to get into the park and you will need something like Ksh 25,000 -...More