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Nairobi National Museum

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Address: Museum Hill, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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+254 20 3741641
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

The Nairobi National Museum is the flagship brand for the National Museums...

The Nairobi National Museum is the flagship brand for the National Museums of Kenya. Located on Museum Hill, the museum showcases Kenya's rich Heritage with four distinct themes representing Kenya's Culture, Nature, History and Contemporary Art.Other attractions within the compound include the Snake Park and Botanical Gardens as well as a State of the Art Auditorium that occasionally hosts concerts, film shows and other events.Dining and shopping facilities await you after your tour with us in our commercial wing. Enjoy your visit with us at the National Museum.

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An attraction close to city center

This Museum is very close to the city. They don't have much compared to Nairobi National park but one thing different about it is that they have a snake park with a variety of... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This Museum is very close to the city. They don't have much compared to Nairobi National park but one thing different about it is that they have a snake park with a variety of reptiles.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This Museum has some unique collections centered on the fauna in Kenya as well as the history of its inhabitants going back to the origins of humanity. Unfortunately the place is poorly lit and the displays of stuffed animals ,including a multitude of birds,are dusty and depressing. A temporary exhibition on Joy Anderson is much better displayed. Admission for foreigners... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you go to Nairobi, this is definitely not must see place. Museum is not really interesting, little bit dark and quite small. It is not far from the city centre, just few hundred metres behind the the University of Nairobi campus and it is safe to walk there. If you have some free time, go there, but you might... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

To know Kenya, you need to visit the National Museum. It has so much information about Kenya and also Africa that it will help you see that there's more to this amazing country than animal safaris! When you buy your entry, you are offered a free tour where you only tip them at the end if you wish. Our guide... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent less than two hours there, but saw everything. (Well. not every bird, but...) I expected a bit more from "the cradle of mankind" and was bit disappointed. The stuffed animals were old and not very well done - one of the lower quality museums i've visited. Nonetheless some interesting exhibits. Come here if you have half a day... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are 2 interesting exhibits in this museum but because they are so poorly marked you don't know where to start. Th history of Kenya is a wonderful exhibit but because there is no START HERE, it is chaotic and cumbersome. The other exhibit is anthropological and also poorly outlines. Too bad because it could have been more interesting if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It hosts a lot of information on the culture, events and information during the colonial rules as well as present and pre-historical mammals and birds. Very informative. In-fact we thought one hour visit will be enough, at the end of two hours, we were not even half-way!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I regularly visit the National Museum when attending an event at the grounds or at the Louis Leakey Auditorium. More often, a stroll to the other side of the museum is a must. There is so much to see and learn. Evolution, Kenyan history and culture and even nature. The sights are amazing too. There is lots of parking space... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Kenya History ,snake park ,well maintained gardens . Kids loved the place and good learning experience too. Real value for money

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entrance is grand with a very nice gate which is ideal for photographs. Museum is large and can take almost half a day to look around. Very informative. Prices for tourists are higher which I disliked

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