Kenya is a big country in Africa and has been a great place for wildlife destinations. It has over 40 national safari parks which have amazing wildlife, that also includes wildebeest migration. Along with a great wildfire experience, Kenya has also preserved its history, heritage, tradition, and culture which is a great trademark for the country. All of this has made Kenya a wonderful place for the tourist to visit.
Here we have listed the top 10 most amazing museums in Kenya that can leave one in awe and represents Kenyan Heritage and Culture aesthetically.
1. Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is a tourist-based village spot in Lang’ata Nairobi. Established by the government of Kenya, Bomas is comprised of several tribes representing traditional villages. It aims to preserve and promote the rich and assorted traditional values of various Kenyan tribes. Some of these ethnic groups include Luhya, Kikuyu, Luo, Kamba, Kalenjin, Kisii, Mijikenda, and Meru. Bomas is the representation of the culture, crafts, music, and lifestyle of these mentioned groups. For the tourist, they are here greeted by the locals and are shown their traditional acrobatics and dances.
2. Fort Jesus Museum
One of the well-preserved and astonishing heritage sites in Mombasa, which has been established in the 16th century by the Portuguese military. It has a shape of a man, with the head facing towards the sea and the design represents a person lying. The port has a history of being captured by the Arabs, Portuguese, and the Britishers, who all were the superpower of their time. The house of the sultan who was the governor of the East African coast, is still present in the fort. There is also a 76-foot deep well whose water is way too salty.
3. Nairobi National Museum
One of the worth visiting sites in terms of education and leisure is the Nairobi National Museum. It is near Museum Hill. It has a huge collection of artifacts that depict Kenya’s history, culture, and modern art. The outdoor sculptures, botanic gardens, and landscaping, all are made with materials that represent the four pillars of the national Heritage of Kenya. The museum is also the host place for various aesthetic events and the tourist here are greeted with special dinners and are offered a souvenir.
4. Lamu Fort
Lamu Fort is a two-story building which is situated in northeastern Kenya town, Lamu. Its architecture is elegant contrasting with Swahili. Its theme represents and promotes environmental conversation. It exhibits a vast and amazing poetry collection of Swahili, along with the heritage of Lamu and making it a community center for the people of Lamu old town.
The ramparts give the bird’s eye view of the town. One can also book this place for weddings or theatre production. One can conduct exhibitions on the ground floor of the fort. It recently hosted the first Environmental Museum in Africa whereas all the administrative tasks and offices are located on the second floor. A conference facility is also available.
5. Malindi Museum
Situated along the seaside, and located in Malindi, Malindi Museum hosts a famous pillar of Vasco Da Gama. It has an incredible rooftop double-story building which is covered with beautiful and glittering tiles. The shape of the building is rectangular that looks likes nineties. There are four main entrances to the building.
Two entrances are open through a corridor of 5 adjusted columns on a square platform and are on the East façade. One of them has a door carved with a Swahili and the other one with Gujerati 9.
The third passageway is on the Northern façade at the North-West quadrant came to through a trip of a stonework flight of stairs. It has a little secret entrance of the Indian sort serving both the ground and the primary floor of the structure.
The fourth and final entrance, solely for the main floor, is on the Southern façade and is reached through an outside wooden flight of stairs.
6. Nairobi Snake Park
With its location near to Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi Snake Park was established to later become an attraction for being the host of various unique and ancient reptiles along with the provision of research and breeding of various snakes. This site also exhibits various shows and events such as an octopus exhibition, a chance of feeding crocodiles, or a session with amphibians reptiles.
7. Karen Blixen
Located in the Nairobi suburb of Karen, Karen Blixen becomes recognizable when the movie Out of Africa won the Oscar and the farmhouse was put on the international map. All guests have to partake in persistently offered guided voyages through the house and the then espresso estates. The house highlights rooms planned in both the first style and the props from the 1985 film. Additionally accessible for visiting are the grounds, which have unique gear from the espresso ranch. There is a blessing shop close by the grounds which is accessible for lease for weddings, corporate capacities, and different occasions.
8. Kisumu Museum
A great representation and landmark of the history and culture of Western Kenya are Kisumu Museum. The museum has a diverse collection of flora and fauna species along with representing people’s culture. Moreover, a customary Luo property and other conventional Luo antiquities establish part of the shows in the exhibition hall. Additionally, there are locales and landmarks of chronicled noteworthiness joined to Kisumu Museum including Songhor, Fort Tenan, etc.
9. Kitale Museum
Kitale Museum being the very first domestic museum in Kenya, depicts various tribes such as Maasai by displaying their items such as utensils, musical instruments. They also have the remains of various plants and animals at the museum. The interior of the museum gives the tourist a sense of being in a jungle surrounded by leopards, crocodiles, etc.
10. Narok Museum
This museum is specially dedicated to representing the people of Maasai, speaking for their cultural and heritage values. It also conducts exhibitions that are the reflection of the traditional speaking style of Maa speakers. There are aesthetic pictures of Narok, Loita, and Amboseli in the gallery of the museum. The exhibitions also include cultural artifacts which are the heart of the exhibition.