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“Great attraction if you take the time to appreciate it”

Nairobi National Museum
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$125.00*
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Private Nairobi City Full Day Tour
Ranked #7 of 122 things to do in Nairobi
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Owner description: 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.
Madison, Wisconsin
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“Great attraction if you take the time to appreciate it”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

This museum gives you a great introduction to Kenya if you are willing to let it. It is a little worn and the presentation of the exhibits is not as slick as westerners are accustomed to. But if you take the time to get into the exhibits you will discover some real gems. My favorites: 1) A room with a just about every bird in Kenya - they even apologize for not having a male, female and juvenile specimen of every species; 2) A thorough, accessible and informative presentation of the history of Kenya; 3) and then you turn the corner and you are in a vault among some of the most significant anthropological discoveries in the world including Turkana boy, the oldest known full skeleton of a prehistoric human. I enjoy the school groups there in their colorful uniforms and friendly smiles and both times I have gone there have been entertainers in the nice courtyard. My view is take a guide if offered; goodness knows it is a generous thing to do given the standard of living here (don't forget to tip) and you will make a connection with a very knowledgable Kenyan. But it is no problem to do on your own if you prefer.

Visited January 2013
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“A little of everything....”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

It's a large well maintained museum that has a little about the natural history of Kenya, the culture and animals. An interesting section is the one about fossilised skulls and skeletons found in the country. It's a subject they're familiar with since theory has it that homo sapiens originated in the Rift Valley in Kenya. I think two hours here is sufficient to get around and read bits and pieces. The ticket deal that joins the entry fee of this museum along with the nearby snake park is recommended.

Visited January 2013
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Nairobi
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“The Restaurant needs a makeover”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

The museum is very wounderful. I learned a lot and I loved it...but the restaurant needs a make over. The National Museums of Kenya should look into that. May introduce java coffee house in the mix!

Visited January 2013
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“A fun way to spend an afternoon in Nairobi”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Overall, it was a nice experience. I went during a weekday so it may have been less crowded than on weekends but there were still a lot of schoolchildren on field trips while I was there.

The museum itself is nicely organized and has some interesting displays, including early human/hominid skeletons.

I opted for the ticket that included the 'snake park' which was a nice way to end off the tour (did not opt for a guided tour -- it's not necessary if you have your map and paper guide). If you have some spare time on an afternoon or a day to spend in Nairobi, this is a nice way to spend the day. It isn't spectacular but it is nice.

Visited November 2012
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

If you have a couple of hours to kill, then visit the Museum. It takes you through all the natural history of Kenya with a walk through the the animals, birds and fauna you are likely to encounter.
There is also a history of how the British ended up in Kenya aswell as all the issues that it brought as well as the legacies that have been left.
I found the parts on the main tribes of Kenya, their migrations and how then used to live very interesting.
A must see is the part on Human Evolution & the skulls and bones of some of the earliest humans to walk the earth, how they used to live and how humanity spread & evolved.
Not too expensive & an intersting insight into a facination Country

Visited December 2012
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