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The Nairobi National Museum

  • The Nairobi National Museum

    Nairobi National Museum Photo by National Museums of Kenya

  • The Nairobi National Museum

    Sculptures at the Museum Photo by National Museums of Kenya

Overview

This is a fascinating collection of art, history & culture from all over East Africa, including prehistoric artifacts from the Leakey excavations, portraits by Joy Adamson, the well preserved fossil of an elephant and a near complete skeleton of a 12 year old Homo Erectus boy.

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Description

This is a fascinating collection of art, history & culture from all over East Africa, including prehistoric artifacts from the Leakey excavations, portraits by Joy Adamson, the well preserved fossil of an elephant and a near complete skeleton of a 12 year old Homo Erectus boy.

The Museum was started in 1910 by a group of enthusiastic naturalists, who needed a place to keep and preserve their collections of various specimens. The first site for the Museum was the present day Nyayo House and it was later relocated to a larger building where the Nairobi Serena Hotel now stands. 

The current location was allocated to the Museum in 1929, and the Museum, now named Coyndon Museum in honour of Sir Robert Coryndon, a one time Governor of Kenya, was officially opened on September 22, 1930. After independance in 1963, it was renamed the National Museum of Kenya.

On October 15, 2005, it was closed for extensive modernization and expansion, and reopened in June 2008, now an impressive piece of architecture able to compete with other world class musuems.

The outdoor sculptures, landscaping and botanic gardens are fabricated with artwork and materials that link them to the 4 pillars of Kenya's national heritage - nature, culture, history and contemporary art.

The Museum is now also used as an events venure, hosting weddings, conferences, workshops, cocktails and other functions.