The home of Kenya’s Heritage.

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” – Michael Crichton.

The Nairobi National Museum primarily sets itself as a destination where Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage has been collected, preserved, studied and documented. This intent is to enhance knowledge, appreciate, respect and utilize the resources for the benefit of Kenya, and the world, for posterity.

The impressive and magnificent piece of architecture reminds one of the imperial age. Walking in to the museum, we were set to have a fantastic experience. It is a fascinating journey going through the rich Kenyan heritage.

There are captivating exhibitions. At “The Cradle of Mankind”, which is a unique collection that traces human existence as depicted by the fossil finding, where we learnt more about the evolution of man. It was fascinating to learn that the ancient fossils point to Kenya as the cradle of humankind.

There is also the “Hall of Mammals”, a representation of the Big Five and Kenyan Safaris. Wildlife is a major tourist attraction for our country and a unique feature to our heritage.

In addition to that, there is a whole section set aside for the Birds of East Africa. These birds are stuffed in various colors and sizes, depicting a rich variety in East Africa. You get to meet and know the birds, which is a beautiful experience.

Besides the artefacts, there is detailed information on the different communities that are in Kenya; that is, their social, economic, cultural and political organization. The information was quite overwhelming.

Adjacent to the Museum is a Snake Park surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden. Most visitors go in to experience the reptiles in there. However, we did not get to visit the snake park because we have an uncontrollable phobia for reptiles, especially snakes! We could not master the courage to give it a shot. Hence, it was a definite pass!

It took us about 3 hours to complete our tour of the museum. A guide is available to visitors upon request. However, it would be less time consuming to take up these services as there are detailed information tagged on every exhibition.

The serene environment also offers benches where one could sit and read a book as they resonate with nature! Tuck shops for different kinds of biting are also available.

In order to visit the Museum, at this time of writing, the charges are as follows:

  1. CITIZENS
CATEGORY NAIROBI MUSEUM THE SNAKE PARK COMBINED TICKETS
ADULTS 200/= 200/= 300/=
CHILDREN (Under 16) 100/= 100/= 150/=


        2. RESIDENTS

CATEGORY NAIROBI MUSEUM THE SNAKE PARK COMBINED TICKETS
ADULTS 600/= 400/= 600/=
CHILDREN (Under 16) 400/= 200/= 300/=
  1. NON- RESIDENTS.
CATEGORY NAIROBI MUSEUM THE SNAKE PARK COMBINED TICKETS
ADULTS 1200/= 1200/= 1500/=
CHILDREN (Under 16) 600/= 600/= 1000/=

 

We were so enthralled to visit this place. There is a lot to learn about the natural heritage of the country. You can do this as a couple, with friends or family with little children. It is a great place to experience the pillars of our heritage: nature, culture, history and contemporary art! The Nairobi National Museum will offer you an opportunity for education and leisure.