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“Going into a time warp”
Review of Railway Museum

Railway Museum
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US$65.00*
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Nairobi Railway Museum Day Tour
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US$119.00*
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Half-Day Nairobi City Tour
Ranked #21 of 125 things to do in Nairobi
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Nairobi
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Going into a time warp”
Reviewed 2 September 2014

The Railway museam in Nairobi is a collection of decommissioned rolling stock of the national railways. Just like the Kenya Railways topday, it suffers from lack of attention and this collection of old rolling stock reaaly is a museum only in n ominal terms. It is perhaps a paradise for railway buffs, and recommended as a place to visit to those.

Visited October 2013
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“Nairobri Railway Museum”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

I disliked the puritan attitude of the people who disallowed me to video it as well as the station but it is well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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“worth a visit”
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

not hard to find with a taxi, not well maintained and no guide but otherwise it was still worth my time and money, it is hard to find such museums and they can definitely improve it but it has 100 years old trains in which you can jump inside and smell the history

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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Not the first thing to visit in Nairobi if you are staying for a short time”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

This is probably one of those museums that you can safely leave for the last day of your stay if you have absolutely nothing else to do or visit it if you live in Nairobi. It is not in a really prominent place and you will need to prepare yourself in advance to go there - it is not something you can see from the street and spontaneously decide to visit. It involves a nice walk from the entrance to the museum building and then in the yard you get to see the old engines and wagons. You can even get inside and see how it really looked, but all in all it is not really super exciting. Beware if you are with kids, I am not sure there is a procedure regarding the possible injuries that might happen as a result of any reckless play. Getting the paper ticket (which, oddly enough, we had to show on our way out of the museum - so keep the tickets!) was a lengthy process, prices are 400 KES for residents and tourists, 100 KES for citizens and there is a discount for students and also for kids. Opening hours are 8 - 17 every day. We were there on Sunday and only one person was working in the museum building. He offered to show us around but it is really a very small room and there is nothing much more to it - everything you might want to know you can read or see for yourself. I do not know if his services are included in the ticket price or if you have to pay them separately or if there is someone else working as a curator... did not seem like it, to be honest. The inside part of the museum consists of one room filled to the last inch. It is not uninteresting, but not too interesting either, you can check most of it out (including some more careful reading) for less than an hour. No toilet facilities, no wifi, no refreshment or food shops or stalls (there was a fridge with several watter bottles and that was it). There are several small restaurants serving local food along the path leading to the museum, we did not test them, but if you have time you might want to add some more local flavour to your visit.

Visited July 2014
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Kenya Railways Museum”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Good history concerning the establishment of the railway, but they could try and maintain the vehicles. they are worn out and very dirty

Visited July 2014
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