Places to find culture and art in Nairobi

Maasai Beadwork at Maasai Market

In Brief

– Whether you prefer concerts, art exhibits, concept shows or something else, there is an infinite number of ways to have your needs met in Nairobi. Here are some of the places to visit while in Nairobi.

Whether you prefer concerts, art exhibits, concept shows or something else, there is an infinite number of ways to have your needs met in Nairobi. Make a stop at any one of these top locations to get a taste of the arts and local culture in Nairobi, and you’ll be on the fast track to knowing the city a little better than most.

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Nairobi National Museum

The Nairobi National Museum is a long-standing fixture on the Kenyan cultural scene. Aside from the cultural exhibits that offer a peek into African art, the Louis Leakey auditorium hosts a number of visual arts and musical shows plus art workshops that will enthral and move you.

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Kenya National Archives

Located in Nairobi’s Moi Avenue, the Kenya National Archives perhaps suggests dull and hidebound of papers, but it actually displays the traditional culture and antique artifacts as well as important historical information.

The National Archives houses the former throne of Jomo Kenyatta and an interesting collection of African weapons.

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Karen Blixen Museum

Synonymous with Kenya after she wrote Out of Africa, many parts of Karen Blixen’s life are featured in the Karen Blixen Museum. The house was once the centre of the farm owned by Blixen and her Swedish husband, Baron von Blixen.

The museum itself is part of the Kenya National Museum. The house is set within a tranquil garden and has a view of the Ngong Hills, so beloved by Karen. She honours the hills with the phrase “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”

Maasai Market

No list of cultural or artistic spots in Nairobi would be complete without the shining example of Maasai Market. Every Saturday and Sunday, Maasai artisans proudly display beads, African-printed fabric, sculptures, shoes, bags, jewellery and other artwork.

The best part, it’s all for sale.  If you are visiting the country, you can get your souvenir shopping done in one trip and leave with a piece of Kenya and a smile.

Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village in Langata, Nairobi. Bomas (homesteads) displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes. Bomas of Kenya is home to one of the largest auditorium in Africa.

It also preserves, maintains and promotes rich and diverse cultural values of various tribal groups of Kenya.

Dancers at Bomas of Kenya

 


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