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 The Best Museums in Nairobi

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Kenya has long been recognised as ‘big game’ country, with huge numbers of animals in over 40 national parks and reserves. The country has a long and illustrious history of protecting its varied wildlife. All this has seen millions of tourists, businessmen and investors alike choose Kenya as their travel destination with a wide range of experiences. The country has had its fair share of international publicity through the exhibition of its historical, scientific, artistic, and cultural interests. Below you will find the best museums in Nairobi so you can learn more about the country’s culture and get the most out of your stay in Nairobi.

Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya depicts traditional villages belonging to various Kenyan tribes. It is a tourist village based in Lang’ata, near the main gate to the Nairobi National Park. It was established by the government as a tourist attraction to preserve, maintain and promote rich and diverse cultural values of various tribes in Kenya. The ethnic groups are; Kikuyu, Maasai, Luhya, Luo, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kisii, Meru, Mijikenda, amongst others. Different aspects of the Kenyan culture are displayed at Bomas. These include living styles, crafts, music and dancing. On most occasions, visitors are treated to traditional dances and acrobatics. Bomas of Kenya, Kuwinda +254 20 891391

Nairobi National Museum

The Nairobi National Museum is a one-stop for visitors to sample Kenya’s rich heritage, both for education and leisure. It is located at the Museum Hill – a few minutes’ drive from Nairobi Central District. Nairobi National Museum houses a collection of Kenya’s history, nature, culture and contemporary art.

The artworks and materials used in the fabrication of outdoor sculptures, the landscaping and the botanic gardens, are linked to the four pillars of Kenya’s national heritage – i.e. nature, culture, history and contemporary art. The museum is also known as a unique events venue, for the appreciation of Kenya’s heritage. Additionally, visitors are treated to a variety of shopping and dining facilities, as well as botanical gardens that offer a serene environment. Nairobi National Museum +254 20 3742131

Nairobi Snake Park

The Snake Park is located adjacent to Nairobi National Museum and was started with the aim to create a unique and popular attraction whilst simultaneously providing a research facility focusing on reptiles and breeding of snakes. Different kinds of live snakes are exhibited at this facility. There are various programmes at the facility, such as an octopus exhibition, interactive sessions with harmless reptiles and amphibians, an exhibition of the birds of the Snake Park and the chance of feeding crocodiles with live fish. Nairobi Snake Park +254 20 8164134

Karen Blixen

The Karen Blixen is located at the foot of Ngong hills in the upscale Nairobi suburb of Karen. The farm house was put on the international map with the release of the movie Out of Africa, an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s life story published with the same title. All visitors have the opportunity to take part in continuously offered guided tours of the house and the then coffee plantations. The house features rooms designed in both the original décor and the props from the 1985 film. Also available for touring are the grounds, which have original equipment from the coffee farm. There is a gift shop alongside the grounds which are available for rent for weddings, corporate functions and other events. Karen Blixen Museum, Karen Road +254 736 919321.

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