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“The Kenya National Archives” 5 of 5 bubbles
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National Archives
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Nairobi Walking Tour
Ranked #21 of 118 things to do in Nairobi
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Owner description: This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
Austin, Texas
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“The Kenya National Archives”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Kenya's National Archives is located in one of Nairobi's oldest stone buildings, the former Bank of India built in 1906. The first floor and much of the second floor houses the Murambi Gallery, a fascinating collection of art and artifacts from Joseph and Sheila Murumbi, tow of Africa's most famous collectors. Joseph Murumbi was Kenya's first Foreign Minister and the nation's second Vice President.

The postage stamp display on the second floor and the wood carvings on the first floor were visual feasts for me. My son enjoyed the photographs taken during the early days of Kenya's independence.

Visited September 2013
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“Make it Part of Your Downtown Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

The National Archives, apart from being a record and national literature library, is a collection of African artifacts showing different styles and cultures from all over the continent. As a fan of African ethnography I found it amazing, much more here than you will find in any museum and a with much more variation in regards to region and people.
Add this to your tour of downtown Nairobi, if you are staying at the Hilton then its just opposite the hotel in the old Bank of India building. Entry is 200 Ksh (Tourists) 50 Ksh (Locals) last entry is at 4:30. With so many of the downtown attractions being so close to each other it would be a shame not to include this in you itinerary.

Visited January 2013
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Mola di Bari, Italy
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“wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

I have had the opportunity to inspect books and writings dating back over 100 years relating to a particular tribe of Kenya. I found all the historical and geographical information I needed.
Very nice and highly trained and informed.

Visited September 2012
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Mumias
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“A good place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

Things are in good state in terms of keeping records , clean, accessible, amble parking, its in town

Visited January 2013
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“Good historical site”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

I like the history hidden in books and the old pieces found here. More lighting would do...but anyway being an achieve its allowed.

Visited March 2012
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