Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi

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Set within lush botanical gardens, Nairobi National Museum presents a rich and varied collection of natural history. Immerse yourself in ethnological and archaeological displays charting the history of Kenya, alongside in-depth ornithological taxidermy collections. Established in 1910, the museum underwent considerable renovation in 2005 to include shopping facilities and a welcoming cafe. Check out the Kenyan art collection and outdoor sculptures scattered across the verdant grounds. Personal guided tours in English are available. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Nairobi National Museum by using our Nairobi trip planner.
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  • Has a very good collection of birds of Africa. Are stuffed is right but gives a very real picture of the variety of birds, some completely unknown to European look
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  • We certainly wanted to visit Kenya's national museum before we would leave the country, so we planned it for the last day. We were offered a personal guide and accepted happily. The young woman, a stu...  more »
  • I enjoyed my visit with my friends,learnt alot, took lots of pictures. Beautiful environment. Keep it up!!!!  more »
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  • The museum presents Kenya’s History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art in its entire splendor. Also within the grounds are the famous Snake Park, Botanical Gardens and Nature Trail.Within the museum there is a cafe /restaurant with a large balcony that offers a great and breathtaking jungle view. It also has touristy shops selling local handmade jewellery, African artifacts and souvenir items.
  • Located on museum hill this national museum has different exhibits showcasing the history of Kenyan people, Kenyan animals, and Kenya as country. The exhibits themselves are actually very thorough. Especially the birds exhibit which is HUGE and the colonial historical period. Why three stars? Many of the exhibits are dusty, the AC/fan doesn’t work properly so you smell a lot of Body odor. There is no delineated order or map so when you walk through you basically see exhibits at random. Also it doesn’t seem updated to include anything recent. Including new infrastructure projects and the corruption problems. Cost for resident is 200 shillings or 2$. Nonresident is 1200 shillings or 12$. Bags need to be checked in for free. There is a snake park also for additional fee.
  • Very exciting place due to the diverse cultures of Kenya. I would not recommend going alone but rather with friends because it would be more enjoyable. There are restraunts in the compound in case one gets hungry. The charges for residents and foreigners differs.
  • A must visit if you have more than a few days in Nairobi. It has lots of colonial history along with the independence movement, something good for foreigners to learn about in a country they’re visiting. It also has some good natural history, some art. Be sure to get the combined ticket so you can visit the snake park afterward
  • Such a history rich gem in the city but still serene. Ask for Nature Kenya offices located in the same compound and register for membership to have a great experience of all that Kenya Museums offer.
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