National Archives Museum
Tour takes 2 Hours - Has Many Exhibits that Depict
the History of Kenyan and other East African Peoples
National Archives Nairobi is located on Moi Avenue
next to Ambassadeur Hotel. The archives look out on
the landmark Hilton Hotel while on the rear side is
Tom Mboya street- serves a modern gateway to the crushing,
chaotic avenues and alleys that the vast majority
of Nairobi’s citizens tread daily.
National Archives Museum in Nairobi
National Archives Tour
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Kenya National Archives
Nairobi is situated
at the edge of the central business district in downtown
Nairobi and is a reservoir and living example of historical
and ethnographic knowledge. Kenya National Archives
housed in the old Bank of India building.
National Archives is a little-visited museum and art
gallery that has a range of paintings and tribal photographs
from throughout Africa. There is also an enormous
collection of tribal weaponry, instruments, masks
and other paraphernalia. Elsewhere are exhibits that
provide a fascinating insight into the struggle for
independence and the history of Nairobi
National Archives ground-floor museum has extensive
collection of artifacts and photographs representing
Kenya’s diverse cultures and rich history. It
has documents and a collection of photographs and
paintings of Mzee Kenyatta and former President Moi.
former President is shown in his travels around the
world, shaking hands with various dignitaries. Paintings
from Joseph Murumbi's collection dominate the walls.
National Archives Nairobi second floor is the Archives
reading room, which is used for personal and professional
exhibition of Kenyan handicrafts is also on display
at the National Archives. Hobbies & Activities
category: Crafts center or marketplace; Historical
museum; Photo collection, exhibit.
National Archives Tour
Kenya National Archives Tour
and Guiding Services Included
Kenya National Archives is open daily from 8 am to
5 pm on weekdays
Charges for entry are 3 US Dollars for non-resident
adults and 100 Kenya shillings for Residents
Kenya National Archives is a Museum loaded with Kenyan
history. It contains artwork and handicrafts, as well
as some historical documents and photos. It is right
across from the Hilton Hotel on Moi Avenue
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you first walk into the Kenya National Archives, you
may be mistaken to think that it is merely an art
gallery. Indeed, it contains a vast catalogue of African
heritage arts that span practically every art form
from basketry, pottery, weaponry, masks and other
ornamental arts, sculpture, painting, beadwork's,
dress, photography and many others.
the Kenya National Archives is significantly more
than that. Created in 1965 by an Act of the Kenyan
Parliament, it is mandated with the stewardship of
Kenya’s public records and national documentation
services. The land on which it stands was originally
the Nairobi headquarters of the National Bank of India.
building in which it is housed, an enduring landmark
of Nairobi, was constructed in 1931 by the National
& Grindlays Bank. It
was owned by Kenya Commercial Bank between 1970 and
1978 and thereafter acquired by the government of
Kenya for the Kenya National Archives.
houses the Joseph Murumbi Gallery on its ground floor
which contains simply the largest collection of Africana
from every corner of the African continent, from Mauritius
to Ethiopia, Gambia to the Congo.
There is a second gallery on the upper floor which
provides a deep historical reflection of Kenya from
the pre-colonial times (Circa 1890) to date.
Kenya National Archives is a real treasure trove,
a visit to which is well worth the effort, especially
for research enthusiasts and the lovers of art, history
and culture. You can research public records on virtually
any area of government through its library and search
room located on the first floor of the building.
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Day Tour - Kenya
Office Tel: +
: 0721242711 - Kenya