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Kenya is a tropical country located in East Africa which is very rich in culture and welcomes lots of tourists. It encompasses Savannah, mountain highlands and Lakelands. It is one of the best places in the world homing wildlife like rhinos, lions and elephants. Visiting a museum is one of the fun things to do especially during holidays or vacations. We’ve put together a few of the best museum destinations in Kenya where tourists can visit to explore and find bits and pieces of information about the history of Kenya. Looking for things to do in Kenya? Here are Top 5 Must-See Museums in Kenya.

We also recommend our guide to the must-visit museums in Zimbabwe.

Abasuba Community Peace Museum

Abasuba Community Peace Museum
Abasuba Community Peace Museum, Mfangano Island – © Annie E. Coombes

Abasuba Community Peace Museum is located near the shores of Mfangano island and was established back in 2000 in other to promote and protect the cultural and natural heritage of the Abasuba people. The museum boasts of a beautiful community centre, museum gallery and a community library as a reference the grant it received from the Kenyan Tourism Trust Fund.

Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa

Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa
Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa. © Museums.or.ke

Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa is one of the finest museums in Kenya which was built around 1593 by the order of King Philip 1 of the Portuguese in order to guard the old port of Mombasa. The museum houses collections of archaeological artifacts from the port and also some chilling stories about slavery. Tourists can get a view of the old town and also the beach which is not so far from the museum.

Hyrax Hill Museum

tortoise at hyrax hill museum
Tortoise at Hyrax Hill Museum, Kenya – © Eric/flickr

Hyrax Hill Museum located at Nakura, is a prehistoric site which was opened to the public in 1965 as a result of startling discoveries of relics by Mrs. Selfe and archaeological excavations by Mary Leakey back in 1938. Tourists visiting the museum can get an amazing view of the lake and wildlife from the museum. The museum also houses one of the oldest tortoise in the world which is over 100 years. This is a good destination in Kenya.

Address: Nakuru, Kenya

Malindi Museum – National Museum of Kenya

Malindi Museum, kenya
Malindi Museum – © Stefano Negri/flickr

Malindi Museum – National Museum of Kenya is a two roomed museum located in Malindi, Kenya and it houses lots of artifacts, maps and a lesson in the history of East Africa before modern day colonialists came. The museum preserves the culture of the Malindi people and it’s environs which goes as far back as five centuries.

Nairobi National Museum

nairobi national museum
Nairobi National Museum – © meaduva/flickr

Nairobi National Museum was initiated by a group of naturalists as far back as 1910. It houses celebrated collections of Kenya’s nature, culture, history and contemporary art. The museum is also treats visiting tourists to a variety of shopping and dinning facilities. This is one of the best places to go when visiting Kenya.

Address: Kipande Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Also check out The 5 Best Budget Hotels in Mombasa


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