Nairobi National Museum

28012010057Refurbished in 2009, the museum has an eclectic mix of mainly natural history exhibits together with an small art gallery and various temporary exhibits (often photography.

Within the museum, there’s a small shop with interesting pan African artifacts, books and so on. The most exciting and popular exhibition areas would probably be the Early Man gallery which has an excellent exhibition of evolution and the fossilised remains of early man unearthed by the Leakey family (and others) in Turkana, Magadi and other areas of Kenya.

The bird exhibition is also something not to miss with its enormous and fascinating collection of stuffed birds; from tiny hummingbirds up to the eagle collection and exotic looking stalks all of which are indigenous to Kenya. There’s an interesting collection of stuffed mammals downstairs, in an attractive room (but rather darkly lit ) with a balcony all around. Life size giraffe, zebra and elephant etc loom over the visitors and some interactive displays are fun for children. A rock art exhibition up stairs is small but interesting and there are also some interesting displays on the cultures of various tribes in Kenya.

Nairobi Museum other things to do :
Within the grounds there is a café/restaurant with a large balcony outside with great view over the jungle style grounds down below, There are some rather uninspiring touristy shops selling jewellery, African artifacts and souvenirs, and an enormous statue of a dinosaur just at the entrance to the museum which is always a hit with children.

Overall, this is a nice museum and well worth a visit.There is a Snake Park within the grounds which has just been refurbished.

  • Nairobi Museum opening times and cost :
  • The museum and Snake Park are open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and admission is :non-residents: 800/-ksh (adults) 400/-ksh (under 18)
  • East african residents: 400/-ksh (adults) 200/-ksh (under 18)
  • Citizens : 100/-ksh (adults) 50/-ksh (under 18)
  • The Kenya Museum Society is an active organisation which supports the Museum though publications, events and activities.
  • Nairobi National Museum is managed by the National Museums of Kenya.

Other places of interest managed by the Museum include:

  • Nairobi Gallery
  • Karen Blixen Museum
  • Uhuru Gardens & the National Monument
  • The Oloolua Nature Trail
  • Olorgesailie

Local Tip
The Museum has an excellent society which organises bird walks, cultural visits, talks, visiting speakers etc.


Telephone: +254 20 374 1424 / +254 733 296 142
Address: HQ at Museum Hill, Nairobi

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