Just a few minutes outside of Kenya’s bustling capital, Nairobi’s National Museum holds a treasure-trove of historic artifacts. Established in 1910 by a group of naturalists from the then-called East Africa and Uganda Natural History Society as a place to preserve various collected specimens, the museum has transformed into the go-to for knowledge-hungry locals and visitors alike.
Home of heritage
Located at Museum Hill, the museum serves to preserve the country’s rich heritage—with ancient artifacts, sculptures, materials, as well as temporary and permanent exhibitions of contemporary art. Art collections fall into various categories, including human evolution, the peoples of Kenya, natural history, and cultural heritage. Reopened in 2008 following an extensive renovation, the museum continues to attract visitors from all walks of life in appreciation of Kenya’s rich heritage.
Adjacent to the National Museum is the Snake Park, which since 1961 has been a leading research center as well as rescue center for reptiles and amphibians. Here, you’ll see snake species like the black mamba, the Egyptian cobra, and the African rock python, next to lizards, turtles, crocodiles—many of which have been abandoned, confiscated from illegal collection, or found injured. Exhibits, talks, and interactive displays are also common, like the crocodile feeding sessions and octopus exhibit.
Additionally, you’ll be are treated to a variety of shopping and dining facilities, not to mention the serenity of the adjoining Langata Botanical Gardens. Almost two thirds of this green space are covered in bush land, home to over 200 species of exotic and indigenous flora, fauna, and trees.