Nairobi National Museum
In addition to the destination-worthy permanent collection, the Nairobi National Museum features a rotating list of temporary exhibitions. Since the museum is a short drive from downtown Nairobi, many city tours feature it as an included stop along with sites such as the Nairobi Railway Museum, government buildings, and Snake Park right next door.
Things to Know Before You Go
Kid-friendly exhibits make this a great activity for families.
If you’re visiting nearby Snake Park, combination tickets are a cost-effective option.
It’s possible to visit the museum on your own, but exploring with a guide ensures you don’t miss the museum highlights.
How to Get There
The Nairobi National Museum is located on Museum Hill, roughly a 10-minute drive from downtown Nairobi. It can be reached by taxi or public transit; local minibuses called matatus stop on Kipande Road just outside the museum. Many group tours offer the convenience of pickup and drop-off at your accommodations.
When to Get There
Open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm, the Nairobi National Museum tends to be least busy in the morning hours. Since Fridays are popular with large school groups, it’s worth visiting on a different day if you’d prefer an uncrowded experience—or you can just enjoy the chance to explore the museum with young locals.
Where to Eat Near Nairobi National Museum
Located on the grounds of Nairobi National Museum, Vogue Café is a convenient option with an outdoor terrace that’s tempting on sunny days. If you’d prefer to bring your own food, there is ample space in the Nairobi National Museum gardens to enjoy a picnic after you explore the exhibits.