National Archives
National Archives
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This centrally located collection contains historic photographs, Kenyan crafts and paintings.
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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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RebecaHeringer
Belo Horizonte, MG82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Although not as big as I expected, the National Archives has an interesting collection of Kenyan and other African countries' artifacts, cultural objects, historical pictures, and so on. The place is a bit run-down (especially the toilets), but given that it's not so expensive (200 shillings for a non-resident adult), it's worth the visit (either for someone who is staying in Nairobi just for a few days or a longer period of time).
Written 7 December 2018
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moha m
Nairobi, Kenya100 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
there is nothing there for an adventure lover, just a building in the middle of nairobi town, it is like making a library a tourist location
Written 18 June 2014
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CarolinaTravelers2
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
As first-time visitors to Kenya, we found this museum provided a good but not overwhelming introduction to the country. Tabitha, our very knowledgeable guide, led us through the collection of artifacts collected by Joseph Murumbi, for whom the gallery is named, providing details we would not have learned without her expertise. The collection includes items from a variety of African countries, sculptures, furniture, shields and masks from different communities within Kenya, items of Indian origin, and an extensive stamp collection. Several photos caught our attention—one of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first President, with his young son, Uhuru, the current president, and one of Barack and Michele Obama with Uhuru Kenyatta. We came away with a new appreciation for the diversity within Kenya and basic information about some of the country’s leaders (both Kenyattas, Moi, Kibaki, Tom Mboya, and Murumbi).
Written 8 September 2019
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Geoffrey Ondu
Nairobi, Kenya34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
this is just within nairobi cetral disrict, just walk in and you will see all the history and artifacts about kenya .
Written 13 February 2019
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TravelbugVietnam
Vietnam1 648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
I enjoyed the Archives much more than the Museum. It had lots of African art, furniture and some excellent modern art, all together with newspaper cuttings and details of history. I got there at the end of the day and 45 minutes before closing time. Try and allow more time than this as it is a fascinating place to learn about the history of Kenya.
Written 19 March 2018
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Marie_H
Auckland Central, New Zealand63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
This was included in a walking tour I did of Nairobi. It had pretty good sections and I enjoyed the furniture.
It is a bit old and could use some more light fittings (some displays I couldn't see because the light was out) and perhaps a visitors printed guide.
Again pricey entry for foreigners..
Some of the displays were a repeat of the national museum.
I love the building though!
Written 11 August 2017
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Christine M
Nairobi Region, Kenya74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
It was refreshing to see real photos of Wangu Wa Makeri , Waiyaki Wa hinga and other Kenyan Heroes we read about in History. You get to read the last letter that Dedan Kimathi wrote.

Our guide Okumu was very knowledgeable and passionate about History.

They have a video section that is accessible only if you visit as large groups of people.
Written 29 April 2017
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Kenyanbackpacker
Nairobi, Kenya183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
The National Archives is located along Moi Avenue in Nairobi City Center. The place is very calm and cool despite the heat outside. Here you will get to learn more about Kenyan culture, Current and past public figures like the late Prof. Wangari, Tom Mboya, Mulumbi as well as the Kenyan freedom fighters. There is also a library inside with books about Kenyan history.
Written 1 March 2017
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echenze
Nairobi, Kenya41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
Sitting in the busy downtown Nairobi, the National Archives or just 'Archives' as everyone calls it is a meeting place for most people thanks to its location next to the busy Kencom/Ambassadeur bus stage. However, the inside of this building is not as busy. I have never been inside the Archives to find it packed save for the occassional student groups dropping by to see objects of interest and learn one or two things about Kenya. Yet it house some very important works. It normally takes me at least half a day every time I visit. There's the old seat of Kenya's founding President, Jomo Kenyatta (you can take a photo posing next to the seat courtesy of the Archives staff since individual snaps using one's own camera aren't allowed), as well as thousands of important documents and the expansive arts collection of Kenya's second Vice-President, Joseph Murumbi. For locals, there is no reason not to visit the Archives as it's very cheap at just Kshs 50 per person and is at times free (like during national holidays).
Written 9 January 2017
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