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Nairobi National Museum

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Address: Museum Hill, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 20 3741641
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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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Herbarium an impressive legacy

I only visited the Herbarium and bookshop. However the herbarium is arguably the largest in Africa and an excellent repository for identification. I obtained the "Upland Kenya... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I only visited the Herbarium and bookshop. However the herbarium is arguably the largest in Africa and an excellent repository for identification. I obtained the "Upland Kenya Wild Flowers and Ferns by ADQ Agnew" for 2000 shillings from the bookshop which I was extremely happy with. Recommended for those wanting to identify their plants from the Mt Kenya or Mt... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum deals with many different topics - history, fauna, geology, local art, special exhibitions - and offers a not-too-detailed amount of information on each. If something isn't really your thing you can always move on. I went without a guide and felt more free to do my own thing, but it was clear that others preferred the (free) services... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is amazing. It shows a lot of Kenyan history and culture. The guy who showed me around is a student at University and he was very knowledgeable. The place is huge inside with plenty to see outside also.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Nairobi National Museum holds a comprehensive amount of information about the country, its independence, its wildlife, its people. I had a guide take me through. Well worth it. She was pleasant, knowledgeable and gave me a better insight than going through by myself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is a lovely place for learning and fun purposes. We had a treat and fun. It could use a nice restaurant

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a lover of museums but wasn't super impressed by this collection. It was just such a mis-mash of things and didn't really give a taste of Kenyan history or culture unless you are really into large taxidermied animals I would not bother with a visit.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This past Sunday,rebelling at my wife's urging that I take our daughter to church, I drove to the Nairobi National Museum, hoping to introduce her to the wonders of science and nature. I was disappointed. She, too young to understand her father's urgent imperative to point her in the way of reason, had a blast. The Nairobi National Museum, once... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful guide who could tell us so much and answer most of our questions. The museum is great and filled with lots of history about the good and bad which are both very interesting in its own way, and it is a great way to truly understand what the nation has been through.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Museum offers a rich history of Kenya from pre colonial era. It is the perfect location for kids to learn about the rich diverse culture of kenya. The museum has an auditorium and paved space for functions and activities. It also has a snake park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The recent inclusion of a Numismatic museum (set up by the Central Bank of Kenya) is an excellent addition to the National Museum in Nairobi. Well laid out, documented and a very interesting children's corner. A must visit for everyone!

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