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Museums in Kenya
museums_mnarani Kenya is a country with a rich history. We have come a long way and this is evident through the many historical monuments that are spread through out the country. Here, you will learn more about Kenya and what had been happening. "To know thy roots is truely to know thyself. "
Kapenguria Museum

This new museum, opened in 1993, reflects Kenya's political development and the attainment of independence by Kenya in 1963. The museum itself is the site where several of the founding fathers of the Kenyan nation were detained during the struggle for independence; they included such figures as Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Kungu Karumba, Fred Kubai, Paul Ngei and Hon. Ramogi Achieng Oneko. Its exhibits, which include newspaper articles on the Mau Mau movement, photographs and artefacts from the period – give an insight to the sufferings of the many who died during Kenya's struggle for independence.

There is also an Uhuru Memorial Library and the Heroes' Cells where the late president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and others were jailed. Cultural materials of some peoples of Western Kenya are also preserved and conserved. Through displays, Kapenguria Museum has been educating local students on the cultural and material conservation of the Pokot. Traditional homesteads of both Cherengani and Pokot people help show the culture of these people.

Kariandusi Museum

This site , located two kilometres to the east of Lake Elementeita along the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway, is an Acheulian site characterised, like Olorgesailie, by the presence of heavy hand axes and cleavers. A walk through the site takes visitors through several excavation pits, undertaken by Louis Leakey in 1928, each displaying a scattered assortment of stone tools, many made from obsidian: the black volcanic rock found in lava flows.

Kenya is well known internationally for her palaeontological and archaeological sites; materials from sites such as Kariandusi are a major source of information about the history of humankind, particularly biological and cultural evolution.

Kariandusi is also important because of the commercial mining activities at the diatomite deposits nearby. The opening of the mines, apart from unveiling more archaeological materials, has made it possible for dating of the site by use of pumice and other datable materials in the sediments. Apart from the open excavation sites, there is a small site museum with displays of excavated fossils and stone tools.

Kisumu Museum

Officially opened to the public in 1980 , this museum is located within Kisumu town; it serves not only an educational and recreational centre for visitors, but also as an educational channel on the maintenance and sustainability of the biodiversity of Lake Victoria due to its proximity to this second largest fresh-water lake in the world. Its small yet comprehensive exhibit gallery focuses on displays of material culture of the peoples of the Western Rift valley and Nyanza Province. This includes traditional clothing and adornment, basketry, fishing gear, agricultural tools and hunting weaponry. Also on display are several dioramas, including a lion, De Brazza monkey, and the largest Nile Perch ever caught in Kenya. 

Unique to the Kisumu Museum are its natural history exhibits in the form of a fresh-water aquarium, and outdoor snake park and tortoise pens.A visit to the museum is not complete without viewing the 300 year old giant tortoise, imported to Kenya from the Seychelles in 1930. Beyond the exhibit gallery and snake park is a life-size replica of a traditional Luo homestead. The homestead, which represents the houses of the three wives and the eldest wife's first son, and includes livestock pens and a granary, give foreign visitors a unique insight into a traditional Luo home.

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