The National Museum in Nairobi is a wonderful place to visit if you have some spare time. I was actually stuck in Nairobi due to flight issues, so I headed to the museum to see what was there. This place had several interesting collections, both dealing with natural history as well as cultural and artistic presence in Kenya.
There were sections for the fauna of the region, including the Tsavo lions. There was a large selection of stuffed birds, literally hundreds covering all genera found in the country. Quite a sight to wander through the halls and see the animals. Display cases relayed information about the indigenous tribes of Kenya, what their daily life was like. And there were art areas, for local artists, some of which were for sale.
The museum sits on grounds with a botanical garden, medicinal plant arena, and a snake house, all worthy of visiting (and have separate tips here)
For the practical side:
Adults- 800 Ksh
Under 16- 400 Ksh
OPEN: 9:30am am to 6:00 pm Monday - Sunday (including Public Holidays)
Nairobi National Museum is located at the Museum Hill approx 10 minutes from the city centre. It is the flagship museum of Kenya and houses some of the most celebrated collections of history, culture and art from Kenya and East Africa. Of significant interest are early hominid bones with Kenya touted as the 'birth place of humanity' or 'cradle of life' if you like Lara Croft.
The museum aims to interpret heritage of Kenya to stimulate appreciation and learning. This museum is open daily (including public holidays) from 0930hrs - 1800hrs. Cost is KS800 (approx $US13) for tourists like myself.
I can't really tell you much about the National Museum because they are doing major reconstruction of the whole building. If you are going in 2006, don't plan on seeing it as they have a lot of work to do.
A grand building in leafy grounds, the museum has an interesting range of cultural and natural history exhibits. There're 2 floors. Upstaris are huge galleries of stuffed wildlife and displays on Kenyan tribal groups. Downstairs there are re-creations of rock art from Tanzania, an exhibition of hominid fossils from Lake Turkana and fossils, mineral and shell displays.
The admission is 200KSh for adults. I was there on Dec 12 which is Kenya's Independence Day and Kenyans could enter for free so it was quite crowded.
Open 9.30am-6pm daily.
for a cost of only 200 ksh i found the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi to be a useful and very informative place to obtain cultural and other facts. Containing a large display of exibits i was easily able to spend a good 1/2 day checking out its displays.
I found the National Museum very interesting. It has a big collection of tribal craft, many of Joyce Adamson's paintings, a section about Kenya's fauna and flora and of course lots of information about Kenya's history.
At the entrance you can also buy a ticket for the adjoining Snake Park. It is a rather small park, and to be honest, did look a bit scruffy when I was there in 2001. It houses not only snakes but also some other reptiles like a lizard, chameleons and a few crocs. This fellow here REALLY enjoyed the attention from one of the visitors.
On the grounds of the national Musuem but on a seperate admission is the Nairobi snake park a small zoo dedicated to reptiles of kenya
The Musem hills grounds also serve as a botanical Garden highlighting many of Kenya's native plants. Numerous trails wind around the grounds.
Native plants is what you can see here which are really beautiful and interesting, and you can enter this garden museum for free.