Museums and Zoos in Kenya

Kenya is home to several Museums and zoos that were established and run by the government and private organizations. The museums are used to create awareness and educate people about Kenya’s past and present history, culture, traditions and its rich natural heritage. Below are some of the top national Museums and Zoos in Kenya.

Museums in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi

Nairobi is home to a couple of famous national museums and zoos that are well equipped; with informative knowledge about the town's history and culture, wildlife and how to conserve the environment. Below are some of the top museums and zoos in Nairobi.

Nairobi National Museum

It's a very educative and wonderful place to visit on your day off or a weekend treat for families, friends and groups. Located at Museum hill approx 15 min walk from the city center, has a rich collection of Kenya's history, culture and art around East African region. It also has a botanical Gardens highlighting many of Kenya's native trees and plants. Next to it, is the Nairobi Snake Park (a small zoo dedicated to reptiles in Kenya)...... Read more

Karen Blixen

Located at the foot of Ngong Hills 15km from the city center, it has a botanical garden with an indigenous forest and a 19th century historical bungalow. The museum has a broad history of the early European settlement and cultivation in Kenya.....Read more

Giraffe Center

The Center is located approx 20Km from the city center, off Langata road; was initially set up as a conservation center for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. The center offers you an opportunity to get close to giraffes, hand feed them, learn about them and get short guided nature trail to learn about wildlife and plants.....Read more

The Elephant Orphanage

The orphanage is located near Nairobi national park; it is run by the David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust. Its mission is to look after young orphan elephants and rhinos rescued from parks, the orphanage offers you the opportunity to get close to young elephants and rhinos, feed then and understand their way of living....Read more

Other attractions

Other attractions in Nairobi would include a visit to botanical garden at Nairobi's arboretum and Uhuru Park, the traditional and cultural theater at Bomas of Kenya or visit the Mamba village to watch crocodiles, hippos and tortoises.....Read more about Nairobi

Museums in Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa City

Mombasa has a couple of great national museums and zoos with a rich past and present history of Mombasa and its people; the museums are well equipped with informative knowledge about the town’s history and culture, wildlife and how to conserve the environment. Below are some of the top museums and zoos in Mombasa.

Fort Jesus

The museum is located along the Indian Ocean in Mombasa town, the old building was constructed facing the ocean in 1591 by the Portuguese to protect and guard the old port of Mombasa. The museum has informative knowledge about the history of Mombasa and its people, the wars between the Muslim Arabs and the Christian Europeans in order to control the region.....Read more

Bombolulu Workshops & Cultural Center

This a cultural center run by physically disabled people under a nonprofit organization, the organization train the disabled to produce high standard artifacts that they sell at their showroom, the center also run a traditional restaurant and an entertainment group within the area....Read more

Haller Park

An animal sanctuary located in Mombasa next to Bamburi Cement Factory, it's the largest animal sanctuary in Mombasa and boasts a wide variety of wildlife, birds, insects and botanical gardens. Learn about your favorite animal and its characters....Read more

Rabai Museum

This is where the early missionaries settled and built their first church in Kenya (1846), it’s believed to be the place where Christianity and modern learning in Kenya started. Rabai Museum is 25Km north-west of Mombasa on Mazeras - Kaloleni road.

Other attractions

Other attractions in Mombasa would include a visit to East Africa’s largest crocodile farm at Mamba village, a tour of the old town with the narrow streets of the ancient Arab architectural design, view the Mombasa Tusks that symbolizes the entrance of Mombasa, built in 1952 after the visit of Queen Elizabeth.....Read more about Mombasa

Museums in Malindi,Kenya

Malindi Town

Malindi is a small town at the north coast of Kenya; the town has a couple of museums with rich Swahili traditional background and historical sites. Below are some of the top museums and zoos in Malindi.

Malindi Museum

The museum is on an old building that was bought from the Bohra community in the early 19th century, it was used as a Fisheries Station before being converted to national museum in 1999 and open to public in 2004. The museum is used as a center where visitor can find the past history and current information about the town and its people....Read more

Gede Ruins

Gede ruins are the remains of a Swahili town that date back to the 12th Century, its located 16 Km south of Malindi and is believed to be among the first archaeological sites in Kenya. The monuments have a rich history on how the region evolved since the 12th Century, surrounding it is the Gede indigenous forest; a sacred site used to perform traditional rituals and sacrifice by the local community....Read more

Other Museums in Kenya

Other Museums and Zoos in Kenya

Lamu Museum

Housed in one of the ancient Lamu fort, it was constructed in the early 18th Century by Sultan of Oman and Seyyid Said. It’s a small museum with a rich swahili culture and history of Lamu, other historical attractions in Lamu includes the Lamu German post office, Lamu fort and the Swahili House museum....Read more

The Desert Museum

The national museum is located in a small village (Loiyangalani) near Lake Turkana, it was established in 2008 to preserve and educate visitors about the rich culture and natural heritage of the 8 communities living around Lake Turkana.....

Kisumu Museum

Kisumu national museum is located in Kisumu town; it was established in 1980 and stores a lot of information about the region historical culture, the fresh water lake (Lake Victoria) and other attractions in western Kenya. Other historical sites and monuments in the region include the Fort Tenan, Songhor, Thimlich Ohinga, Rusinga Islands, the Tom Mboya Mausoleum, Kanam prehistoric site and Simbi Nyaima crater.....

Nyeri Museum

The museum is housed in one of the national monuments constructed in 1924 and was formally used by the elders as a native law court to settle out customary law cases, it was later established as an ideal place to conserve and educate people about the culture and traditional practices of the local kikuyu people.

Meru Museum

The Meru museum is in one of the old buildings in Meru, constructed in 1916 and formally used by the district commissioner. The museum has informative knowledge about the historical meru culture, traditions and its natural heritage. Other historical attractions include the Njuuri Ncheke courts; it’s a traditional high court used by the Meru Council of elders to settle disputes within the meru community.

Other Lesser Known Museums

Other museums in Kenya would include the Kapenguria Museum; formally used as a prison for the freedom fighters. Tambach Museum in Marakwet County; established to safeguard the Tambach heritage site and the culture of the Keiyo and Marakwet people. Wajir Museum; established in 2011 to conserve the rich cultural, historical and natural heritage of Northern Kenya. Narok museum; established to preserve the beauty and strength of the rich traditional Masai culture in Kenya. Kabarnet museum; established in 1996 to educated people about its rich culture and environments. Hyrax Hill Museum, a monumental house in Nakuru, with artifacts from hyrax hill site showing the lifestyle of the pre-historical (about 3000 years ago) seasonal settlers. Kariandusi museum, an archaeological site along the Lower Paleolithic sites in East Africa. Kitale museum, formally known as Stoneham Museum; was established to conserve forests, various plants species, insects and wildlife.