Museums In Kenya

Museums are managed by a state corporation whose role is to collect, preserve, study and document present and past heritage.

1. Nairobi National Museum

It is the flagship museum for the National Museums of Kenya, housing celebrated collections of Kenya’s history, nature, culture and contemporary art. The museum aims to interpret Kenya’s rich heritage and offers a one-stop for visitors to sample the country’s rich heritage both for education and leisure. It features an art gallery, temporary exhibitions, botanical gardens, nature trail, shopping and dining facilities.

2. Karen Blixen Museum

The museum is located about 10 kilometres from Nairobi CBD. It is surrounded by a tranquil garden and indigenous forest, with a spendid view of Ngong Hills. Guided tours are offered continuously in the museum as visitors have a glimpse of handicrafts, posters, postcards and other Kenyan souvenirs.

3. Hyrax Hill Museum

It is located within Nakuru town. It depicts the lifestyle of seasonal settlement by prehistoric people at least 3,000 years old. Attractions within the museum include a nature trail, picnic site, camping site, tortoise pit and picturesque view of Lake Nakuru.

4. Kisumu Museum

It is located in Kisumu Town along the Kisumu-Kericho Highway. It stores and disseminates information on cultural and scientific issues with an emphasis on Western Kenya.

5. Nyeri Museum

Nyeri Museum is housed in a national monument that was once used as a native law court. It depicts the early lifestyles of communities within the region and how they used to solve cases such as pregnancy, debtor cases, theft and murder.

6. Fort Jesus Museum

Fort Jesus is located on Mombasa Island. It became a museum in 1962 and is now an important historical landmark in the East African region. Attached to the museum are a number of sites and monuments of historical significance. The sites include Fort Tenan, Songhor, Thimlich Ohinga and Rusinga Islands.

7. Rabai Museum

It is situated on Mazeras-Kaloleni road. It was established to give formal and a perpetual reminder to monumental events during the advent of early missionaries.

8. Kariandusi Museum

Tourist attractions within the museum include a campsite, nature trail, archaeological site, museum exhibition hall, picnic site, monumental church building and the gorge.

9. Kitale Museum

It was the first of the inland museums to be developed in Kenya. The museum has a lot of ethnographical materials collected from surrounding ethnic groups. It practices environmental conservation and has a nature trail and agroforestry centre.

10. Malindi Museum

The museum houses temporary exhibitions and also doubles as an information centre where visitors are able to find more information on attractions and happenings in Malindi.


Ruth Mugasha

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