Museums in Nairobi

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National Archives

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The National Archives is another place loaded with Kenyan history. It contains artwork and hanicrafts, as well as some historical documents and photos. It is right across from the Hilton Hotel on Moi Ave. It is freely accessible and is open from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays.

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Railway Museum

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Museum locomotive 3020 at Kikuyu in 2004 on a tourist excursion
Museum locomotive 3020 at Kikuyu in 2004 on a tourist excursion
photo by: Graham Roberts

The Railway Museum is at the end of Station Rd. near the Haile Selassie Ave roundabout. The road approach is from Nairobi Railway Station, from where it is signposted. If coming by taxi, make sure you tell your driver it's NOT the National Museum, since they are often confused!

The museum exhibits 10 old steam engines built between 1923 and 1955, as well as much material showing the history of Kenya as the railway helped it to develop. It is open from 8.30 am to 4:45 pm every day of the week and most holidays, and costs between KSh 50 (Kenya citizens) to KSh 200 more..

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National Museum of Kenya

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The museum on Museum Hill Rd. off of Uhuru Highway offers hours of enjoyment to tourists in Nairobi. However, the museum closed for renovation 20 months, from October 2005 to July 2007, leaving only the Snake Park and Botanical Garden open to the public, pending further announcements.

Also called "Nairobi Museum" the museum is so big, with so many educating sections, that one could easily spend all day there. If you only have a few hours to spend, take a look at the guide in the entryway and decide which sections you want to tour more..

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