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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. "
Mnarani Ruins

The ruins of the Swahili settlement of Mnarani are located on the south bank of the Kilifi Creek on Kenya's north coast. Among the ruins are a magnificent Pillar Tomb, which was recently dismantled and carefully reconstructed to avoid potential collapse. Also worth seeing are the remains of a large Friday [or congregational] Mosque and several tombs dating to the 15th century. An hour's drive north of Mombasa, this site museum – with its scenic view of the creek and its many sailing and fishing craft – provides an excellent picnic venue.

Narok Museum

The NMK has set up this new museum with pictures and artifacts to preserve the beauty and strength of the rich cultural traditional culture of the Maasai and other speakers of the Maa language, for a better understanding by the whole community.
The Maa speakers in Kenya comprise the Maasai (Narok and Kajiado District), Samburu (Samburu and Laikipia District), Njemps (Baringo District) and groups of Ndorobo who are neighbours of Maasai.

The collection of cultural artefacts forms the heart of the exhibition. The different categories provide insight and information on the traditional lifestyles of Maasai and Samburu.

On the other side of town, next to Narok Stadium, the NMK acquired a site with an exceptional natural beauty in a well preserved bend of the Engere Narok River. At the dawn of the 21th century, this site will host the proposed full-fledged Museum of Maa Cultures, a museum complex with collection facilities, a cultural centre with community meeting rooms, library, workshops, bandas, etc. The NMK, Narok Town Council and Maa Development Association are partners in this major project, that will have its impact far beyond the region.

Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site

This Acheulian site is located about 90 kilometres south-west of Nairobi on the road to Magadi. The drive all the way to Magadi is characterised by beautiful panoramic views leading up to the shoulder of the Ngong Hills and descending onto the floor of the Rift Valley. The site of Olorgesailie, donated to the Kenyan Government by the Maasai community, covers an area of 52 acres. First discovered by Mary Leakey in 1942, this site was excavated continuously between 1942 and 1947.

The area continues to be under investigation to this date, with a team from the Smithsonian Institution, USA, making annual surveys and excavations. Olorgesailie is the largest of the National Museums' prehistoric sites, and is characterised by in situ displays of prehistoric materials, including numerous hand axes and fossilised skeletons of extinct species of elephant and a hippopotamus.

The small but excellent site museum at Olorgesailie was recently renovated, and holds exhibits on human evolution, stone tools, and site formation. A raised wooden catwalk has been built around an impressive in situ display of stone tools and animal fossils, all dating from 1.2 million years ago. Also at the site is a large picnic shade and four camping cottages, which can be booked through NMK headquarters in Nairobi.

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