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“attractive and interesting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Railway Museum

Railway Museum
Ranked #19 of 115 things to do in Nairobi
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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“attractive and interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

The railway museum in Nairobi is a charming museum. It gives an impression of railways in the era when rail travel was the major way of transport on land. Engines are on show as well as carriages and all kind kind of paraphernalia (seats, cutlery, technical equipment etc). An attractive extra is the geocache trail set out in the museum and museum grounds. This makes it a real adventure, not just for kids but for adults as well. As you are allowed to climb all engines and carriages it is like an expedition.

Visited January 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Not glamorous or slick, but an absolute gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

This place is a little out of the way and definitely not your normal well set up slick museum, but considering that Nairobi owes its existence to the Mombasa - Uganda railway, if you're into history, trains or both then this is a must. The museum is a jumble of random artifacts from the pioneer days of East Africa, with not much in the way of guidance or assistance, but I really enjoyed wandering around and taking it all in - it's not a very big museum, so you don't need much time for this. Outside is a train graveyard with several old East Africa Railways locomotives and carriages, including the original carriage where a gentleman was removed from his seat one night by one of the famous man eating lions along the railway. Overall, I spent maybe 1 - 1.5 hours here, and would say it's definitely worth a visit if you have the time.

Visited January 2014
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Kristiansand
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“Railway history in old fashioned way”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Lot's of interesting things in the museum, but it's not upgraded. Lot's of cars and locomotives are spread out without any explanation and not very well maintained. A guide is a necessity :)

Visited November 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Input more into your archive....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is still a very inteesting place to visit. The collection of the past, history and the present is available. I ended up going to the National Archives to buy te book about the railway construction from Monbasa to Uganda.... If you like history....there is more for you to se and hear...

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Nairobi Railway Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

The museum is a little off the beaten track but worth the visit. A must is the informative talk from the curator at the beginning of your visit, it is not only incredibly interesting but it helps to understand what many of the items in the museum are about. It was enlightening to know the 'Lunatic Line' was being built not to see Kenya but to try to get to Uganda!!! Outside are old trains you can look at as well. For train buffs like our friend this is a must for the rest of us it was very interesting indeed.

Visited August 2013
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