National Archives
National Archives
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This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
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Mr Styleply
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
A full floor dedicated to politicians instead of other important things like more African art, What?

They are also A4 photocopy paper prints, those politicians. Eh!
Written 12 February 2024
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,367 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Many of the exhibits were collected by a former minister of Foreign Affairs named Murumbi, who left politics and focussed on art after his friend Gama Pinto, the key independence leader was assassinated in 1965. It perhaps explains why there are many objects from West en Central Africa in the collection. Real top pieces of Yoruba art (Nigeria) are on display.

For me the exhibits were not always clear to discern perhaps because of the dim light, but also because they were interspersed with photos of former presidents and modern contemporary art (sculptures and paintings).

Anyway worthwhile a visit.

Entrance fee for foreigners 200 Kes
Paid in cash, but other travelers report they were refused entry, because they were obliged to use an Ecitizen account (a cumbersome procedure) and payment with M-Pesa also was not accepted.
Written 8 January 2024
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JeanL
Brisbane Region, Australia169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visited after a recommendation from the hotel staff, it didn't disappoint. What a wonderful collection of artifacts and history with a written account underneath. Wish we had more time to spend there, but congratulated a person from administration on how great the items and displays were. The only problem was it was a dark building and a lot of the lighting wasn't working so made it hard to clearly read and see many items. Otherwise a worthwhile visit.
Written 15 August 2023
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Patrick_K
Handen, Sweden16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
I went here without really knowing what to expect. I love to learn about local culture and history, and this place was perfect for that. The national archives exhibitions the pre- and post-colonial history of the region. The exhibition displays crafts, important people in the history of Kenya and other historical artifacts from the history of Kenya.

This was a perfect place to understand more about the complexity of the region and also the friendship between the neighboring countries. I had my local driver showing me around and as a bonus got his view on history and his favorite people from the history.

I would recommend a visit here when in Nairobi. An hour is enough to go through the whole exhibition.
Written 17 December 2021
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Discover Kenya
Nairobi Region, Kenya7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
To the History enthusiasts who want to feel as connected as possible to Kenya's history and parts of Africa, The National Archives is just the place for you. You'd think you know enough about Kenya and it's history from what you learnt back in school via history books until you take a trip to the National Archives.

One step through its doors will have you feeling like you've gone back in time and are experiencing the ancient culture, their ritual practices,celebrations and traditions.

Experiencing the different ancient African practices and actually seeing the fascinating artifacts,their origins and symbolization in these different communities will have you glued to the intriguing tales that define our roots as Africans.

Who knew for you to have this amazing experience and get this vast ocean of knowledge you'd only have to pay Kshs 50 for Kenyan adults, as low as Kshs 20 for the kids and Kshs 200 for non-citizens.

If you're ever in Nairobi town and want to pass time or have a new cost-effective experience or adventure, visit the archives and you'll thank me later...
Written 28 May 2021
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Wild Dog Safaris, East Africa LLC
Nairobi, Kenya58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Plan to spend a lot of time immersed in the history of the country.
Stay at one of the local hotels, like the New Stanley, so that you can be within walking distance.
Written 23 April 2021
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Sea
Nairobi, Kenya31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Peterson will help to find what you're looking for. They are old and in need of funding. Their micro-fisch film is deteriorating. Do your research sooner, rather than later.
Written 17 January 2021
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Aysha
Kenya5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
A place with rich history and information. Every piece has a small note explaining it's history and origin. The entry fees is cheap but the knowledge of history doesn't disappoint.
Written 21 February 2020
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Josephat Motonu
Nairobi, Kenya10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
It has a nice collection of Kenyan history just under one roof. The staff have a good command of the contents.
Written 19 November 2019
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Alan N
Stone Ridge, NY52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Imagine the Americana section of the Smithsonian stuffed into a poorly lit warehouse and you get some idea of the National Archives. There is a wonderful and significant collection of pan-African artifacts and art here, but it needs some love. I needed to use my smart phone flashlight at times because some cabinets were not illuminated. The Archives are also the story of Joseph Murumbi, former Kenyan vice-President. Murumbi was an avid collector and, rather than sell his unique items to Europeans or Americans, provided them to the Kenyan people. There is a research library here, too, but it is not open to the public. The admission fee is modest. Worth visiting to see some rare items and learn more about Kenya's history.
Written 9 September 2019
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