The Kenya National Archives was established in 1965 and it holds 40,000 volumes of public records and archives.

Its mission is to offer consultative records management services to the public service; acquire and preserve valuable public as well as private records as part of the national documentary heritage; and ensure timely accessibility of records and archives to users.

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Great ethnographic exhibition!

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5/ 5

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 learned 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. 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 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. Every piece has a small note explaining its history and origin. 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. Worth a visit any day especially for those who like to stand at the entrance fence waiting for their friends.

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Ken Chege

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Cultural gem within the CBD.

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4/ 5

Right in the middle of Nairobi CBD is a historical museum that stands tall and offers an in-depth indulgence in Kenyan history and arts. The entrance fee is kes 50. Imagine such a price for a priceless experience! Man, I love Nairobi. I have been there a couple of times with my partner. It’s perfect for dates or family time. What’s wonderful is that it’s never packed. Plus the lighting gives off this mysterious vibe. You have all the time you need to go through all the pieces. Another great thing is the staff that tells you all the crazy stories concerning whichever piece grabs your attention. They have a ground floor and a first floor all full of beautiful pieces. There is also a lounge area where you can bring your food and enjoy the ambiance while eating. 10/10 recommend.

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