It is one of the prehistoric centers in Kenya with a rich background. This is where you are going to find the collected tools and equipment used by ancient people. It is an attractive tourist destination within the capital and has been recently refurbished to have a modern taste.
The museum lies on museum hill just as you are about to leave town headed to Westland. The prehistoric center was inaugurated in 1930 and was then known as Coryndon museum. It was named after Robert Coryndon, the British governor in the country at that time. Dr Louis Leakey appealed for harbor galleries as an extension of the national museum.
This plea led to the construction of a galleries building near the main entrance. Galleries were named after people who advocated for their existence. After independence, the museum was renamed the National Museum of Kenya. In 2005 it was shut down for renovations to take place and was later opened in 2009 to the public.
The Early man gallery is the most captivating and humorous section of the gallery. There is a brilliant exhibition of fossils of the early man that were discovered in Turkana and Magadi by the Leakey family. You will also see other temporary exhibits and amazing photographs. Stuffed birds and mammals also included in the list of attractions in the museum. The stunning collection covers almost all varieties of indigenous birds in Kenya.
In the prehistoric center, you are sure to bump into exhibits of cultural displays from the distinct ethnic Kenyan communities. Some have showcased their art, economic tools, and equipment, social life, etc. The national museum is super rich in terms of heritage research, ethnography, paleontology and biodiversity conservation, and research.
Just adjacent to the museum buildings is the pre-eminent snake park. Here you will find most of the African snake species, including the venomous king Cobras and the giant pythons. At the snake park, you will encounter more than just snakes. There are crocodiles, turtles, and different fish species in unique aquariums.
The national museum aims to define and expose Kenya’s rich heritage and showcase it to visitors for both educational and leisure purposes. Visitors to the museum enjoy a variety of dining and shopping facilities within the premises of the prehistoric center. There are botanical gardens around that provide an ideal environment for visitors to relax and enjoy a cool afternoon.
Tourist’s shops and stalls in the museum sell African artifacts, African jewelry and souvenirs. Visitors will obviously have a taste of Kenya when going back home from the objects bought. A gigantic dinosaur statue greets you as you make your way via the main entrance to the prehistoric center.
About the Museum
The national museum is open every single day from 0830hrs to 1730hrs throughout the year. It is accessible to anyone via both private and public means. In fact, it is just 10 minutes’ drive from the capital’s center. There is an entry fee that usually is charged at the entrance, and it differs from nationalities. Locals will pay a little bit cheaper because the government seeks to promote local tourism.