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“This is a funky place with more cultural artifacts than the National Museum”
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National Archives
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Nairobi Walking Tour
Ranked #20 of 122 things to do in Nairobi
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Owner description: This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
Fargo, North Dakota
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“This is a funky place with more cultural artifacts than the National Museum”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

Go to the National Museum to learn about the general cultural practices, the animals, and to see the art. Then, o here to see more of the cultural artifacts of its different groups. It's inexpensive and relaxed, so it's good to have a guide go around and tell you the significance of the different artifacts (and give that guide a decent tip if that person does a good job). It's not a huge place, but it is interesting, inexpensive, and near the city center, so it's a great way to start to learn about what Dr. Wangari Maathai called the "Micronations" of Kenya.

Visited January 2012
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“A must see”
Reviewed 28 January 2012

It has lovely history. Not just of Kenya but also of other African countries like Ethiopia, Uganda and a host of African countries. If you are a stamp collector, you will love whats available. The rich african culture in dress, weaponry and the sculptures are so breath taking. The Late Murumbi, one of Kenya's former vice presidents did an excellent job in collecting whats found in the archives. I also loved the research library upstairs for those who want to do a lot of research, material is available.

Visited January 2012
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“A Surprise Gem in Nairobi!”
Reviewed 30 November 2011

The National Archive is located in the old Bank of India building across the street from the Hilton in the Central Business District. Cost is 200 ksh ($2). At first I thought “Who wants to see a bunch of musty old documents?” Turns out that is not the case. The Archive is actually the private collection of an old Kenyan industrialist and features all sorts of goodies – traditional weapons, ceremonial artifacts, furniture, textiles, musical instruments, fine arts, contemporary paintings, etc. Its nicely signed, laid out in an interesting manner (very accessible!) and the upstairs has this really nice collection of stamps from all over East Africa. I cant say that stamps are my thing, but I did spend about 30 minutes reading through the display. It’s a small building, you can see everything in an hour and half. I had a morning to kill in Nairobi before I went to the airport (and had already seen the National Museum and the National Park) so I went here and am glad that I did. Check it out!

Visited November 2011
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