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“Blast from the past”
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Railway Museum
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Nairobi Railway Museum Day Tour
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Half-Day Nairobi City Tour
Ranked #20 of 125 things to do in Nairobi
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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
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“Blast from the past”
Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

The railway museum is fabulous, a little but tatty but so evocative of the colonial past when railways dominated East Africa. Lots of memorabilia like the original dining services for EAR in the museum itself plus the historic trains on the tracks outside. Don't be put off by the downtown location, it is easy to access and there is safe parking. But don't enter through the taxi park at the railway station, drive a bit further down Haile Selassie Ave and take the first turn left at the Post Office

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“Glad I went to the Railway Museum”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

The first week of December I wanted to check out some of the museums in Nairobi and so glad I included the Railway Museum. Lot of interesting displays inside and nice captions in English to give an overview of how the railway helped in the settlement of Kenya. Not crowded at all and nicely laid out for easy viewing. There was also some interesting displays on how water navigation played a role in the early transportation of Kenya. A nice little arty gift shop was also on site and there were some nice stone carvings for sale.
Outside it was easy to wander around and even go into some of the rail cars.
I would for sure include a visit to the Railway Museum if you have the time.

Jim from Minnesota

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“A true slice of history”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

Few expereiences in Africa can match that of the Railway Museum in Nairobi, even if railways are not your thing.
Kenya the country and Nairbi the city exist because of the railway. There are photos showing the first few days of Nairobi's existence: a railway, horses grazing and a motely collection of white tents scattered across a grassy plain.
Contrary to what a few reviewers have said, most of the museum is inside, a massive jumble of photographs, objects and stories of the past. Many of the items have a unique tale to tell; nothing major but plenty of dusty, fading memories being heard down the years.
One particularly moving story, and nothing at all to do with the railways, is the detailed story of how Queen Elizabeth heard the sad news that her father had died in 1952. It's not quite the story that many of us knew from our childhood.
All kinds of railway memorabilia is jammed into the building: just take your time exploring.
Outside a huge collection of old railway engines and carriages disappears into the distance. It is remarkably difficult to tell which railway carriages are in the museum and which are just sitting in the sidings alongside! The trpical heat and rain takes its toll quickly. Perhaps the most famous is Carriage #12 from which a British superintendednt was dragged by the man-eating lion of Tsavo.
Alongside the Railway Museum is a small and very pleasant art gallery, unadvertised, but with many good paintings. It's free, so do spend an extra 10 minutes there too! :)

Visited December 2012
Thank BigBrightBlueSky
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Nairobi Railway Museum - Spoorweg museum Nairobi”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

We went here on a Saturday morning expecting rain.
Luckily it turned out be an okay morning since most of he attraction, the trains are outside.
The actual museum was great for us adults with lots of historic things like photographs, models and a nice map showing EAR, East African Railways.
Outside was the main attraction for the kids, lots of trains to look at, climb in and on and run around.
It cost less than KSH 1000 for us 4 which is great value for money.

The only negative point would be the upkeep, but that is probably due to the costs...

Erg leuk om te bezoeken, vooral ook met kinderen.

Visited November 2012
Thank prsocookie
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“intresting afternoon”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Both me and my wife had a pleasent afternoon looking at the trains.we took loads of pictures of me and Wendy in the carriages and on the engines.

Visited January 2012
Thank Leonard D
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