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National Archives

Neighbourhood: Nairobi Central Business District
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Address: Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 20 2228959
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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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Impressive collection, needs more context

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ross H
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Doha, Qatar
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Montreal, Canada
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Thank Ross H
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Thank Rukany
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We came with low expectations and actually were surprised of how much this place is better than the museum. You can ask for a guide at the cashier, do so!

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Thank Gilad F
Greater London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

went there with my son hoping to see more about Kenya ,but came out none the wiser . not much on display with poor lighting . such a lovely building wasted on such terms. go and see British museums management.

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Thank _hardevkalsi
Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It took me almost 10 years of living in Kenya to visit this place, despite having walked past it hundreds of times. There are some gems hidden away here, some fascinating parts of Kenya's history, some homage to great patriots like Tom Mboya and Joseph Murumbi. BUT some very out of date bits (still talking of the coalition government in... More 

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Thank John C
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Best ever kept kenyas history, nice collection of colonial and oldest govt records to date and artifacts, travel by taxi is recommended to avoid the chaotic bus stop next to the archives building.

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