There are many cultural and historical landmarks in Kenya. Some of the most famous are like the National Museum on Museum Hill Way and Fort Jesus in Mombasa.

Fort jesus mombasa - The hidden gem: Inside Nairobi’s smallest museum
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Among the many historical landmarks is the Nairobi Gallery located on the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and Uhuru Highway, just next to Nyayo House.

Entrance of the Nairobi gallery - The hidden gem: Inside Nairobi’s smallest museum
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The little quaint building houses some of Kenya’s best-kept secrets that many Kenyans might not know about as they hurriedly walk to and fro to G.P.O that seats in front of it.

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The owl-grey house that looks forgettable from the exterior actually has a treasure trove for art lovers and is called the Murumbi African Heritage Collections. The building is a legacy of Kenya’s second Vice President, Joseph Zurtate Murumbi, who died in 1990.

Joseph Murumbi - The hidden gem: Inside Nairobi’s smallest museum
Joseph-Murumbi

The man together with his wife Sheila, amassed a collection of art that includes sculptures, paintings, and photographs.

Part of the collection in the Gallery - The hidden gem: Inside Nairobi’s smallest museum
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The items housed in the museum are a portion of Murumbi’s full collection peopled with 50,000 books, 8,000 of them published before 1900.

Murumbi with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta - The hidden gem: Inside Nairobi’s smallest museum
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Murumbi had sold his impressive collection to the Kenya government in the 1970s and it was housed at the National Archives before some of it was moved to the Nairobi Gallery.

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Murumbi looking at some of his art collections

The building began its storied history in 1913 with it being the office for the Ministry of Native Affairs. The Old PC’s office building was also referred to as ‘Hatches, Matches and Dispatches’ because of the births, marriages and deaths that were recorded there.

The Nairobi Gallery - The hidden gem: Inside Nairobi’s smallest museum
Inside the-Nairobi-Gallery

The building is a National Monument and serves as a museum holding temporary art exhibitions.

According to the National Museums of Kenya, a tour of the Murumbi African Heritage Collection Exhibition costs Ksh 300 for Kenyan citizens Ksh 150 for Kenyan children.

For residents, it costs 600 and non-residents it costs 1200.

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