Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi

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#2 of 32 in Museums in Kenya
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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  • The museum has seen better days and I don't like seeing stuffed animals. They even have a whole room full of stuffed birds. The section on some of the tribes was the most interesting part. I gained a ...  more »
  • When purchasing your tickets, you have the option to include the snake park with your visit to the museum. We opted for the former. The visit was about 1.5 hours in length. The museum captures Kenya’s...  more »
  • Well, nothing best like strolling into the museum on foot from the city center on a sunday afternoon, you will love the old smell vintage in the museum while your kids enjoy the snake park and aquariu...  more »
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  • An amazing place for the whole family worth a a good visit. Full of stuff to juice up your day. Probably a good idea to carry a drink around though. Its quite a walk around the place with all the interests captivating all the way
  • What a superb National Museum this is, it does Kenya proud. Been there 3 times, lots to see. There's an additional Snake Park at extra cost which is well worth visiting. The attached cafe/kiosk is pricey for what it's worth. Annoyed that on one occasion I was asked to pay a tourist price entry fee (which I hate there being different prices dependant on skin colour). My wife managed to argue that I'm a resident and got a lesser price. It's not so dear overall, if you have money to spend then expect a fascinating time. Highly recommended.
  • The museum was quite comprehensive and informative with a separate wing dedicated to zoology. It has a stuffed bird exhibit that comprised several hundred species, in addition to a separate one for mammals. The museum also features fossil and reconstruction exhibits of early African Hominids.
  • It's ok, but in need of some work. Some of the exhibits were missing or didn't have any tags to say what they were, other exhibits were just somewhat lacklustre. It's good for around 1.5 hours bit not much more. The snake pit was also ok, worthwhile if you purchase the joint ticket which, strangely, is cheaper than a single ticket for the museum by itself. If you have to pay extra, then save your money.
  • Amazing to learn about the history of Kenya and Nairobi as well as all the animals and tribes that call Kenya home. Make sure you check out the Snake Park and all the cool reptiles they have there. The gift shops are super expensive and so is the museum if you're not a resident.
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