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“A thorough museum, but pretty basic in terms of presentation” 3 of 5 bubbles
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National Archives
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Nairobi City Walking Tour with Traditional Kenyan Lunch
Ranked #20 of 115 things to do in Nairobi
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Owner description: This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A thorough museum, but pretty basic in terms of presentation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

The museum is interesting but you really have to take some time to go through and read all the little details to get most out of it. The presentation is fairly basic and wouldn't be engaging for someone not willing to commit the time and effort to digging around a bit. Would only recommend if you've got some time and are eager to do a little research on your own. If you put in the effort though you'll be pleasantly rewarded with some interesting stories and information and some fascinating artefacts.

Visited January 2013
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Blyth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is a really great 'must see' as it really gives you an insight into this great country. All the staff were very pleasant and made us feel very welcome.

Visited August 2013
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“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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