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National Archives

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Address: Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
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This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan...

This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.

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One very underrated place yet so great, a treasure!

Sitting in the busy downtown Nairobi, the National Archives or just 'Archives' as everyone calls it is a meeting place for most people thanks to its location next to the busy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 January 2017
Emmanuel C
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were pleasantly surprised by the National Archives. The collection is small, but well organized and diverse. Signage is good (English only, sorry) We spent 2 hours there and really enjoyed it.

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Thank BTVWriter
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Museum displays artifacts from various African Countries and photographs of historical interest regarding Kenya. Also included are stamps from many African countries. Lighting leaves something to be desired in places.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Sitting in the busy downtown Nairobi, the National Archives or just 'Archives' as everyone calls it is a meeting place for most people thanks to its location next to the busy Kencom/Ambassadeur bus stage. However, the inside of this building is not as busy. I have never been inside the Archives to find it packed save for the occassional student... More 

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Thank Emmanuel C
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Being a Nairobian, I have passed this place a million times without visiting it. A friend from the US visited me, and I took her to the place: It's a treasure. Everything you want to know about Kenya, you find it there. It will take you more than a week/month to go through everything in it. From old video, to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I/we went to the archives for research reasons. I booked the help of an archivist ahead of time, who kindly helped with retrieving the journals and papers we needed to consult before we arrived. This way we did not need to spend extra time with all the searches. The Archives also have an exhibition downstairs with Kenyan art and artifacts... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I visited the National Archives while on a day tour in Nairobi in June 2016. The National Archives contain a collection of cultural and historical artifacts that were part of the personal collection of Joseph Murumbi, the second vice president of Kenya. The artifacts are from peoples from all over Africa. The National Archives also contain a collection of stamps... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This place is a collection of historical records, both in paper or voice. It is a place one can pop in while in the Nairobi City and learn much about the country Kenya.

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Thank Mathew M
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Huge dark rooms, with an impressive collection, but very little information about the objects. Difficult to see the details because it's so dark. Could really need a modernisation.

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Thank Chrisorhan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I found it very informative but u can still skip it... Its btw the crowded area so be aware . Lighting was bad , Arts were detailed but difficult to read .. service in the museum was ok , and such mesum should be free as 1200/ksh for 15 min is a lot !! No cameras allowed !

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Thank Boom S
Nairobi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Great way to kill an hour of two in Nairobi. The displays include cultures of other African countries and are very well laid out.

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