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A Tour of Nairobi National Museum

Nairobi National Museum Nairobi National Museum is the best and most amazing means to enjoy Kenya's rich natural and cultural heritage. The museum is situated 10 minutes away from the city center. To be more precise about the museums location,

It lies along the museum hill road off Uhuru highway and is in the Westlands area in Nairobi city. It houses certain most reputed collections relating to culture, history, and art hailing from East Africa and Kenya.

History:
 Nairobi National Museum was started in the late 1910 by the then East Africa and Uganda Natural History Society [currently the East African Natural History Society (EANHS)]. In 1929, the colonial government set aside land at the Museum Hill and construction work started at the current site.

It was officially opened in Sept. 22 1930 and named Coryndon Museum in honor of Sir Robert Coryndon, one time Governor of Kenya and a staunch supporter of Uganda Natural History Society.


On the attainment of independence in 1963, it was re-named the National Museum of Kenya (NMK). It is the flagship of National Museums of Kenya which manages over 22 museums country wide and numerous sites and monuments.

Museum Offerings & Activities: The museum holds a wide variety of most reputed collections relating to culture, history, and art hailing from East Africa and Kenya. This museum interprets Kenyan heritage for stimulating learning and appreciation. Nairobi Museum is a huge facility with many educating sections, which is the best educational center and one can easily spend all day here.

There is a guide in the entryway that offers all the information about each and every section of the museum. Upstairs in the people section, are displays of the cultures of various tribes in Kenya. Also, the museum contains dinosaur fossils found in Kenya.

 

 

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Things to Do: 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.

There is an enormous statue of a dinosaur just at the entrance to the museum which is always a hit with children. Another major tourist attraction within the grounds is the Snake Park which has just been refurbished.

» Museum Timings: The museum is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

» Admission Fees:

» Kenya citizens:100/-KSh (adults) 50/-KSh (under 18),

» Non-Residents:
800/-KSh (adults) 400/-KSh (under 18),

» East African residents:400/-KSh (adults) 200/-KSh (under 18),

Contact Details:

Museum Hill Road, Nairobi,
Nairobi Area, Kenya,
Tel: 254 20 3742131 5,
Email:nmk@museums.or.ke