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Museums, Monuments and Sites in Kenya


Nairobi National Museum

  Keeps some of the most famous collections of history, culture and art from Kenya, as prehistoric artifacts, more than 900 stuffed birds and animals, fossils from Turkana Lake, exhibitions of ethnic tribal groups, watercolors of flowers and plants and a collection of rocks and minerals. In the section Hominid Vault contains the ''first men''- a collection of bones and fossils from the pre-historic era.

Karen Blixen Museum

  Located on the suburbs of Nairobi, has acquired an international reputation after the release of the film''Out of Africa'' based on the autobiografie of Karen. The museum is a shop of handicrafts, posters and postcards, books and other souvenirs of Kenya


Fort Jesus Museum - Mombasa

  Built in 1593 by the Portuguese and used as barracks for soldiers between 1837 and 1895, the year that was converted into a prison. In 1958, was declared National Park and became museum in 1962. It keeps excavations finds and other items donated by individuals, the wreck of ''Santo Antonio da Tanna'' which sank in the port of Mombasa in 1697 and ceramics recovered from the coast.

Lamu Museum

Located on Lamu Island, was built between 1813 and 1821 as a fortress, and from 1910 until 1984 served as a prison. The permanent exhibition on the ground floor is divided into three sections: marine, freshwater and terrestrial, each one divided into its different ecosystems. Upstairs are the offices laboratories, a shop and a restaurant.

Malindi Museum

It hosts temporary exhibitions and is an information center for attractions and events in Malindi and on the explorer Vasco da Gama and his arrival in 1498, a collection of images, objects and artifacts of the past and present of Malindi.

Kisumu Museum

Holds exhibitions of cultural history, collections of species of flora and fauna, a traditional Luo house, Luo traditional artifacts. Here you can get information on the culture of western Kenya. Attached to the museum are the sites and monuments of historical importance such as Fort Tenan, Songhor, Thimlich Ohinga and Rusinga islands.

Kitale Museum

  It is known as Stoneham Museum, the name taken by the naturalist Hugh Stoneham who lived in Kitale and had a collection of insects, animals and books. The museum also has ethnographic materials collected from surrounding ethnic groups.

Loiyangalani Museum

  It is located in the desert on top of a hill overlooking Turkana Lake and focuses on the lives of eight communities that are living in the area and the natural environment of the place.

Gede Museum

  The ruins of Gede are the remains of a traditional Swahili town, built in the twelfth century and rebuilt in the XV or XVI century, abandoned in the seventeenth century. Among the ruins are the mosques, a palace and the houses that are submerged in the forest.

Kalenguria Museum

  Keeps books and documents in a memorial library in honor of all the heroes who participated in the struggle for the independence of Kenya, artifacts and photographs collected on the Pokot people, finds that reveal the pre-colonial history, the slavery, the arrival of Europeans, the African resistance to the colonial domination and the activities of pioneering nationalists

Meru Museum

  Keep the traditional culture and practices of Meru people and has a garden with shrubs and indigenous medicine grasses, traditional huts, an outdoor platform for dance, music and kiosks for selling.

Kabernet Museum

  Has four galleries with exhibitions of culture, environment and indigenous knowledge. The main attraction is the exhibition on the culture of Keiyo / Marakwet, Samburu, Pokot, Nandi and Kipsigis. There are also exhibits from pre-colonial, colonial and post-independence period.

Narok Museum

  Holds exhibitions of photos and artifacts to preserve the beauty and the strength of the traditional culture of the Maasai and Maa people, paintings and photographs depicting the traditional lifestyle.

Rabai Museum – Mombasa

  Known as the place where Christianity began in Kenya, is a monumental recall of events during the advent of the first missionaries.

Tom Mboya Mausoleum– Kisumu

 Is the burial place of Tom Mboya, built in his honor, here are details about his family and his international role as an agent of the Kenyan government.

Hyrax Hills National Monument – Nakuru

  Is an area of archaeological research and a reference point for the investigation of prehistory.


Uhuru Garden – Nairobi

  Is the largest memorial park in Kenya, in the Swahili language, Uhuru means independence. The name of the park has been given to commemorate the struggle for independence. As attraction in the garden there is a tower of 24 meters with a pair of hands covering a dove which means peace. The monument's column is on a triumphant statue of a group of freedom fighters raising a flag.

Jumba la Mtwana – Mombasa

  The name in Swahili means "the big house of slaves". Within the area are four mosques, a tomb and four houses: the House of cylinder, The House of Food, The House of Many Wells and the Great Mosque.

Mnarani – Kilifi

 The site contains the ruins of two mosques and a group of tombs. The first mosque was built around 1475, while the second in about 1500, were destroyed in the early seventeenth century.

Siyu Fort

 Is the only fortress built by the natives. The local tradition says that was built by a Siyu leader in the nineteenth century as a safeguard for residents from Arab domination. Inside are the remains of a villa of stone built for himself. The fort preserve the remains of the tombs and magnificent mosques.

Koobi Fora

 The site is located on the east of Turkana Lake with an area of 1800 square kilometers and contains fossils of hominids from the Pleistocene and Pliocene period (about 5 million years ago) but also animal and plant fossils . The first Australopitechus skull was found here by the famous paleontologist Dr. Richard Leakey, but it was also founded fossils of Homo habilis and Homo erectus.


 The site is located in the Nyando district of the Nyanza Province and is spread over an area of 78 hectares. There are fossils of the eight species of animals and hominid from the Miocene period dating back to about 19 million years ago.

Takwa – Lamu

 These are the ruins of a flourishing Swahili city abandoned in the seventeenth century. You can see the ruins of the only mosque with a large pillar that symbolizes the burial of Sheikh under the walls

Thimlich Ohinga

 Located in the Migori district of the Nyanza province is a "terrible dense forest." The stone structure is high by 1 to 4.2 meters and was built without mortar or sanding. The materials found on the site are older than 500 years and it seems that was built by the Bantu population.


 Is a basin of a lake that existed during the latter part of the Middle Pleistocene period, approximately 200,000 and 100,000 years ago. It preserve biological and cultural items that proof the evolution of mankind thanks to heavy fall of volcanic alkaline ash. The subsequent movement of the earth have stratified the fossils giving us the opportunity to study them. Most important of all fossils in the area are the human instruments who give importance to the international site.