The building that houses the Nairobi Gallery is just over 100 years old. It is one of the buildings that have remained intact even in the face of demolitions of older building to pave way for skycrappers. It was once the office of the PC for many years and was fondly referred to as the ‘Hatches, Matches and Dispatches’, due the registration of births, marriages and deaths at this house.
Today it one of those must go places if you want know a little of Nairobi and Kenya history. It is a national monument holding several temporary art exhibitions. And one wonderful thing about it is its location. You may not need to take taxi or a bus. All you need to do is just walk to this place.
What to expect at the Nairobi Gallery
You will definitely be struck by the architecture just as you go through the gates. There are two huge statues of lions that welcome you and give you a picture of what to expect. The building also has its own attracting power and you just want to find out what is housed inside.
This is just like any other typical museum yet it is smaller in size. And as early said, it houses the temporary art exhibitions. This is done all year round, so you have something to look forward to. It is also a national monument thus you can learn about the history of the nation. It continues to give deeper insights of the culture of this nation. Temporary exhibitions include dreaming in pictures by Jak Katarikawe and Hazina Traditions.
Often it also plays host to the Murumbi Collection exhibition and this has been its home since 2003. The Murumbi collection is the outstanding collection amassed by the former late Vice-president Joseph Murumbi.
Entry and Location
Location: The Nairobi Gallery is located at the intersection of the Uhuru highway and Kenyatta Avenue in the CBD. It is adjacent to the Nyayo house, the current building that houses the Nairobi county offices.
The Nairobi Gallery is run by the National museums of Kenya. And for a small fee, you can be able to get entry. National Museum of Kenya Rates apply.
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There are other facilities rum by the National Museum of Kenya. They include the National Archives, Snake Park and the Railway museum.