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Family Fun: National Museums of Kenya- Virtual Cultural Tour

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Posted: May 15, 2020

Our much-loved museums and art galleries may be closed due to the current outbreak, but don’t fret, the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) has come up with an ingenious way to keep us culturally connected- virtual tours.

Thanks to their partnership with Google Arts & Culture you can take a virtual tour of selected museums around the world including Nairobi Museum galleries, Kenya’s 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Shujaa Stories, and more. 

Here’s to wholesome family fun!

Explore the Nairobi National Museum here. Built in 1929, it is the flagship museum of NMK, housing celebrated collections of Kenya’s history, nature, culture and contemporary art.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Nairobi Gallery . Built in 1913, Nairobi Gallery was the Old PC’s office building, fondly referred to as ‘Hatches, Matches and Dispatches’ because of the births, marriages and deaths that were recorded here. Today, the building is a national monument, serves as a museum with temporary art exhibitions, and houses the Murumbi African Heritage Collection. The gallery was gazetted as a national monument on 13th April 1995.

Take a virtual tour of the Karen Blixen Museum eponymous with the Out of Africa Author Karen Blixen. The Karen Blixen house meets three of the customary criteria for historical significance. First, it is associated with the broad historical pattern of European settlement and cultivation of East Africa. Second, it is associated with the life of a person significant to our past as the home of Baroness Karen Blixen from 1917 -1931. 

Situated along the Eastern shores of Lake Turkana is the Koobi Fora site and museum, a World Heritage Site also popularly known as the Cradle of Mankind. On site are mainly extinct fossils like the crocodile, giraffe and tortoise at least four times larger than today’s creatures. Pretty cool huh?

 

Enjoy the wonders of Kenya from the comfort of your couch!

*Images: Courtesy of Magical Kenya

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