Nairobi Gallery
Nairobi Gallery
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Martin Karari
Nairobi, Kenya221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Spent 4 hours at the gallery checking out the artefacts in the Murumbi gallery. The museum guide was quite helpful and informative. There are several rooms in this house that detail Murumbi's life. They have not put the stamps on show but there are many other artefacts that are original. The cloths from around Africa are really beautiful, the model of his living room and his collections are quite interesting. There is a collection of old original books, coins, beads and even tribal weapons. Very interesting gallery.
Written 12 March 2014
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markghardy
Penvenan, France3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
We were lucky enough to get Alan Donovan as our guide because one of his friends was there at that moment. What an interesting man who put everything into context.

The building lends itself to the thematic nature of the collections, including the modern art for sale room which we understood will only ever have the best artists of the moment on a rotating basis.

An hour and a half just flew by and we came away with a much better understanding of just how little old art still exists. I was fascinated by the Venetian glass and it's monetisation.

Don't forget to tell your driver, if you have one, that there is private parking and a separate entrance past the no entry road sign.
Written 5 December 2013
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Amolo N
Abidjan, Ivory Coast56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Lovely little museum in the heart of downtown Nairobi. We visited to see the temporary exhibit on Kenya's first political martyr, Pio Gama Pinto. We stayed to tour the rest of the museum with its impressive although small collection of art and artisanry from Kenya and Africa, formerly the collection of Joseph Murumbi.

Parking is plentiful but unfortunately the little cafe has moved.
Written 22 April 2023
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Tino C
Milan, Italy140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
small museum, very rich, really interesting, but...neglected, in need of care, refurbishment from the tumbledown ticket office to the disgusting WC. The fee is high : 1000 ksh for non residents, the guide doesn’t speak English, it is like a pearl in the dump, crushed by the looming highway and the immigration office, surrounded by chaos, almost invisible, hard to find, so very few visitors are…. What a pity
Written 24 January 2024
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Safari634566
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This museum was a five minute walk from our hotel, in the vicinity of the government buildings. We had a bit of free time and took advantage of it. We had a very knowledgeable guide who spent nearly two hours discussing all the art and artifacts in the museum, answering any questions we had (and we had many). Definitely should be on your list of things to do in Nairobi.
Written 24 May 2019
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Chamberswendyh
Westport, CT98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a hidden gem indeed as one of the other reviews declared. Their website isn’t great so it was hard to figure out what was actually there but once I read the reviews here on TripAdvisor I knew we had to visit. It is just a few rooms and easy to navigate in a historic government building. It tells the story of Africa from many different angles (e.g., different tribes, African culture, European trade and settlers, slave trade, etc) and features many famous African artists. The story of the collection, once belonging to Joseph Morumbi, a champion for African Arts, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Kenya in the 60’s, is fascinating in and of itself. There’s a sweet and breezy coffee shop on the grounds.
Written 29 March 2019
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Redbackspider
Paris, France539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
In this historic building is the Nairobi Gallery - but it is more of a museum than an art gallery. The art gallery is a small room. Interestingly, in the other 6 or so rooms are a treasure trove of collections, not just of Kenya, but across Africa.

I found the textiles room fascinating. But there are also carved wooden sculptures, jewellery, shields and spears, and furnishings from Joseph and Sheila Murumbi's home - the couple who collected the vast number of items.

There are a lot of interesting ancient books, and articles.

It's quite a gem of a place.
Written 10 July 2017
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Mark H
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
This is a fantastic little museum, located at the heart of Nairobi (at the intersection of Kenyatta and Uhuru Aves.) It is a small, historic octagonal building with galleries located off the central hub. It is an absolutely lovely building that houses the Murumbi collection of African art and artefacts. In my opinion this was the highlight of the touristic part of my visit, and I would have to call it a must-see. Yet I did not see any advertising about it, and I just kind of stumbled on to it. I'm so glad I did.
Written 23 January 2017
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Tereneh I
United States44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
One of the best small museums I have ever seen. I only had about an hour to spend but learned so much in that time, I am so inspired, I cannot wait for a return visit. I think the beauty lies in the fact that the collector was Kenyan so there is a depth, respect, personal attention and experience with the pieces that you feel as you walk through the museum. I cannot wait to go back and spend more time. I love this place. There is also a lovely coffee shop as part of the museum.
Written 28 March 2016
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david_waweru
490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Business
The Nairobi Gallery may not be colossal, it is six rooms in all, you can however take hours absorbing the magnificent collection of artefacts from across Africa, all very well annotated.
Written 3 December 2015
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