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Set within lush botanical gardens, Nairobi National Museum presents a rich and varied collection of natural history. Immerse yourself in ethnological and archaeological displays charting the history of Kenya, alongside in-depth ornithological taxidermy collections. Established in 1910, the museum underwent considerable renovation in 2005 to include shopping facilities and a welcoming cafe. Check out the Kenyan art collection and outdoor sculptures scattered across the verdant grounds. Personal guided tours in English are available. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Nairobi National Museum by using our Nairobi trip planner.
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Nairobi National Museum reviews
Fascinating museum. Well set out. Explaining the history of evolution. Also the history of Kenya. The snakes and other reptiles were next door. All fascinating. The aquarium needs updating.
Fascinating museum. Well set out. Explaining the history of evolution. Also the history of Kenya. The snakes and other reptiles were next door. All fascinating. The aquarium needs updating. more »
The museum has many features worth visiting. The history of Kenya is excellent. The stuffed bird exhibit is a must see for anyone remotely interested in birds. The section on early human ancestors is.... more
The museum has many features worth visiting. The history of Kenya is excellent. The stuffed bird exhibit is a must see for anyone remotely interested in birds. The section on early human ancestors is.... more »
Well worth the visit. It's a collection of museums: history, natural history, aquarium, reptiles... The staff is passionate about their jobs, and it is highly recommended to have someone explain..... more
Well worth the visit. It's a collection of museums: history, natural history, aquarium, reptiles... The staff is passionate about their jobs, and it is highly recommended to have someone explain..... more »
One of the best ways to spend a day in nairobi. Was a pleasant surprise. We were there for 3.5hours but it still felt rushed. We had an awesome time. Its clean, modern and oh so rich. There’s culture, history, an aquarium, a snake/reptile park, a nature walk and a cafe. You have an option to take a guide (a must for our next visit). The staff all around are excellent and the charges extremely reasonable. Was pleasantly surprised at how many people were visiting. My personal favorites were the snake park and the banking history. Very wide variety of snakes.
Completely enjoyed my visit to this museum. They had 9 galleries encompassing everything from history, anthropology, animal kingdom, Kenyan tradition and more. You can get a tour guide to show you around free of charge, who was very good and knowledgeable, and I tipped very well. There are several gift shops, a restaurant, a small garden, and a snake display for an additional charge. It’s a very good visit.
The museum was a great experience (especially on a raining day in Nairobi). Our residence permits for us into the museum and snake park for 600. Museum offered a wide range of history and artwork representing Kenya’s culture, wildlife and political history. The snake park was a great addition where you can see reptiles and tropical fish. For the fullest experience I would allocate 1-2 hours for the museum and 30-60 minutes for snake park. Great for all ages and very family friendly with helpful staff and tour guide options.
I very much enjoyed visiting Nairobi National Museum and the Snake Park. I was amazed by the African bird exhibit and the literally thousands of birds they had on display. A wealth of information for African wildlife fans. The central back and currency section was fascinating also. I hadn't realized how much foreign influence there was in Kenya and their banking system. The snake park was interesting and lots of variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes on display. The red spitting cobra seemed the most interested in us and say upright most of the time we were near that display. Also several turtles and crocodiles on display. The only thing I felt disappointed with was the much bigger cost for non-residents. It's common here in Kenya, but the difference for citizens and non-residents is steep. But not so much as the national parks here. 🤣
A very rich history of Kenya and well labelled items. Even without a guide you are able to read and follow all that is placed in there. It's clean and habitable and well maintained
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