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Screening: CrossCulture’s Art Series Concludes with MUNCH – 150, Jun. 21& 22 2014 @ Brookhouse School & National Museum Respectively

MUNCH--A4 (4)
Event Date: Saturday 21st June 2014 and Sunday 22nd June 2014
Time: Doors and Box Office Open: 2:00 PM
Screening Starts: 3:00pm
Location: 21st – Brookhouse School, Magadi Road, Karen

22nd – Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya, Museum Hill

Brought to you by CrossCulture XC presents MUNCH 150 Hailed as a “once-in-a-lifetime show” Global interest was huge – not least as a result of one of his four The Scream paintings having recently set a public art auction record of $120 million. Many know Edvard Munch as the man who painted The Scream, but his complete works are remarkable and secure his place as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived.

Munch 150 was co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. With 220 paintings on show, it brought together the greatest number of Munch’s key works in one place.

Once again XC bring to you, here in Nairobi, behind-the-scenes footage to show some of the process of putting the exhibition together — as well as providing an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century right through to the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War. Special guests will also offer their expert insight and knowledge to host Tim Marlow. Munch 150: A superb show and a fantastic event film.
The 90-minute film provides a Full High Definition walkthrough of the exhibit, in depth commentary about featured pieces and a “behind the scenes” look at the process of putting the exhibition together.

The screening with be followed by a conversation with local Kenyan artist Shabu Mwangi whose work is evocative of Munch’s subject matter and style.

Tickets: Ksh 2,500

More info: Tel: +254 708 757 606

June 19, 2014 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

International Day for Monuments and Sites: Free Entry to All Museum by Kenyan Citizens, Apr. 18 2014

April 18, 2014 which coincides with Good Friday is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, a UNESCO World Heritage Day marked annually around the world. This day, held each year around the world is usually marked by having different types of activities, including but not limited to visits to monuments and heritage attractions sites.

The aim of this day is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.

The National Museum of Kenya will be marking this day by offering FREE admission to ALL museums for Kenyan Citizens.

Find more information on their Facebook Event page

April 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm 2 comments

International Women’s Day: Dedication Painting to Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment, Mar. 8 2014 @ National Museum

Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers Mbatia

Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers Mbatia

The National Museum of Kenya invites you to view a dedication painting during the Celebration Of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014.

The masterpiece titled Wangari Maathai, A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers stands tall at 6ft x 8ft.

In honouring Maathai’s activities & achievements the masterpiece becomes a great source of inspiration for change and reflection on the economic, political and social achievements of women.

You are encouraged to find some time during the women’s week starting Saturday March 8th to visit and spend time with the painting. It is displayed at the Nairobi National Museum‘s lobby on ground floor.

The painting will be on display at the museum for a minimum period of one year.

Time: The National Museum is open daily from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

A Collaboration of National Museums of Kenya and VS Arts

March 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Seminar: Digital Kitambo—Taking the Past into the Future, Jan. 30 2014 @ the National Museum

The BIEA in Collaboration with The National Museums Of Kenya Joint Seminar: Digital Kitambo—Taking the Past into the Future at the National Museum with Dr. David K. Wright and Kristina Dziedzic Wright.

Chair: Dr. Edward Pollard, British Institute in Eastern Africa

Date: Thursday, 30 January 2014
Time: 02.00 pm
Venue: The National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi

Lake Turkana has long been recognized as a critical incubator of human cultural evolution. Although much attention has justifiably been placed on researching the nature of our early hominin ancestors, the region also hosts a rich record of fishing and early cattle herding cultures as well. Due to the long and storied traditions of archaeological research near Lake Turkana, a rich collection has been accumulated in the Nairobi National Museum. However, legacy archives need to be digitally curated and integrated into computer databases as the pace of archaeological research in Kenya accelerates. The “Digital Kitambo” project has begun developing an integrated archaeological database using early food producers of northern Kenya to develop the template for future digitization efforts within the museum. The project involves conversion of analogue collections into a relational database, photographing archaeological artifacts and creating 3-dimensional scans of selected artifacts. The Nairobi National Museum hosts one of the deepest records of the human past in the world, but will lead the way into the future in access and usability of collections databases.

Dr. David K. Wright
David K. Wright is Assistant Professor of African Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Seoul National University in South Korea. Dr. Wright is a geoarchaeologist with specialties in human-environment interactions, sedimentology, evolutionary archaeology and prehistoric African cultures. He has conducted research in eastern Africa and the American Midwest, Plains, and Southwest. He is co-PI on the Malawi Early and Middle Stone Age Project (MEMSAP) studying the behavioral transitions in hominids and early modern humans in northern Malawi. Dr. Wright also conducts research near Lake Turkana, Kenya and in the Mandera Mountains, Cameroon on human adaptations to Holocene environmental change and is the lead PI on a project in the middle Gila River Valley, Arizona called “The Archaeology of Dust.”

Kristina Dziedzic Wright
Kristina Dziedzic Wright teaches art history and writing at Seoul National University in South Korea, and works as a freelance curator. She is the author of Art, Culture, and Tourism on an Indian Ocean Island: An Ethnographic Study of Jua Kali Artists in Lamu, Kenya (2009) and recently co-curated the exhibit Sanaa ya Makaratasi (African Paper Art): Process, Substance and Environment at the Nairobi National Museum. Her academic research ranges from informal sector art and cultural commoditization in Africa to media art and the international biennale phenomenon. Over the last ten years, she has participated in a number of archival and digitization projects for the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission in Illinois, USA

For more information please contact or call +254 20 815 5186

January 24, 2014 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Love & Harmony of Kenya by S. Korean Artist Nam Eunju, Sept. 28 – Oct. 24 2013 @ Ecology Gallery – National Museum

Love and Harmony of Kenya
Opening: September 28, 2013 at 2 pm
Venue: National Museum

Exhibition: Runs Until October 24, 2013
Venue: Ecology Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

Ms. Nam graduated from Young Nam University in South Korea with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in 1980 and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in 1986. For eight years she lectured as a Professor of Fine Arts (oil painting and creative art) at Dong-Ah University in South Korea.

In 2001, Ms. Nam visited Kenya for the first time and was so impressed by the people and scenery of Kenya that she began a collection of oil paintings on Kenya, and held her first exhibition of Kenyan paintings in South Korea.

Ms. Nam has been actively painting since she was 15. As a student she won the first prize in a national competition which resulted in her receiving a full scholarship to study art in university. In 2008 Ms. Nam held two exhibitions, “To Kenya” and “Bible painting”; in 2012 she held “London Stories” a collection of paintings of the United Kingdom and Ireland after her travels.

Ms. Nam has exhibited her paintings in over 100 group exhibitions.

Nam Eunju’s blog:

September 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Performance by Musical Group from Oaxaca, Mexico: El Rincón de la Marimba, Sept. 17 2013 @ National Museum

Date: September 17, 2013
Venue: Anfitheatre, National Museum of Kenya
Time: 10 am
Entry: Confirmations at

Performance of the children musical Group “El Rincón de la Marimba”, from Oaxaca, Mexico

The musical project “El Rincón de la Marimba”, from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, is making an international tour in Africa, and now its Kenya’s turn to hear them perform. The musical project “El Rincón de la Marimba”, was created to strengthen the appreciation of children towards the marimba. This programme has promoted the creation of 16 child and juvenile marimba groups with the participation of almost 100 children from different communities of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Project is aimed at rescuing the marimba music of the regions of the Isthmus, Papaloapanand Sierra Juárez, in Oaxaca, where the instrument was in danger of disappearing.

The Mexican Council for Arts and Culture (CONACULTA) and Harp Helu Foundation has provided support for the continuous training of 42 children in performing the Mexican musical instrument “marimba”, under the guidance of professorSotero Ruiz. This programme is aimed at promoting the tradition of this music with the support of the families, community and the government.

This Project was awarded the Coming Up Taller 2008 Award, from the USA. In 2009, it participated in the Bogota Book Fair; in 2010, it performed in the World Expo in Shanghai, China, at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. and in the commemoration festivities of the Mexican Revolution.

In this regard, the Embassy of Mexico and the Nairobi National Museum have the pleasure to invite you to listen to this majestic performance of Mexican children between 12 and 15 years old, on Tuesday 17th September at 10am at the Amphitheatre of the said museum.

Please confirm your attendance to the following email

September 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Storymoja Hayfestival Kid’s Events: At Story Hippo Village, Sept.19-22 2013 @ National Museum

SMF Story hippo
Dates: September 19-22, 2013
Venue: At Story Hippo Village, National Museum of Kenya
Time: From 10 am to past 7 pm

Tickets: Seasonal Pass Kshs 1500 – 4 days, Daily Tickets Adults Kshs 1000 & Kshs 500 Kids
Tickets Contacts: 0728 285 021 or

September 16, 2013 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Storymoja Hay Festival: Imagine the World, Sept. 19-22 2013 @ National Museum

Photo by Silas Miamis

Photo by Silas Miamis

Dates: September 19-22, 2013
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: From 10 am to past 7 pm
Tickets: Seasonal Pass Kshs 1500 – 4 days, Daily Tickets Adults Kshs 1000 & Kshs 500 Kids
Tickets Contacts: 0728 285 021 or


Festival Head liner: Teju Cole

The Storymoja Hay Festival 2012 Highlights

Download the 2013 Programme Storymoja Hay Festival Programme 2013

September 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

Exhibition & Fashion: Designer for Elephant Conservation, Sept. 6-11 2013 @ National Museum

designer for elephants
Dates: September 6-11, 2013
Venue: National Museum
Entry: Kshs 200

September 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Kid’s Exhibition: Nipe Nafasi [Give Me a Chance, Until 31, 2013 @ National Museum

Nipe Nafasi
The photographs and paintings on paper and canvas are done by children aged 10 to 14 and above, they address issues observed and experienced by the children such as water and sanitation concerns, education, food and health, child labour, individual discipline and peer pressure, environmental concerns, family support, child protection and spiritualism. Art is one way to give a child the chance to tell about a world of their choice; about the good things that they like and the things they would like to see change.

Dates: Until August 31, 2013
Venue: Small Temporary Gallery, Nairobi National Museum, Museum Hill

‘Nipe nafasi’ give me a chance

Exhibition Aims

To promote the rights of children and their freedom of expression with a long term aim of increasing their participation in addressing issues affecting them.
To enhance communication between children and their parents, teachers, peers and the general community, to protect and associate respectfully, and reduce their vulnerability to abuse and neglect.
To create a platform where children boost their self-esteem and hope for a positive future.

August 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: Sudanese Vision by Yassir & Fawaz, Extended to Aug. 11 2013 @ National Museum

Art by Fawaz Elsaid

Art by Fawaz Elsaid

Extension: Until August 11, 2013
Venue: National Museum, Creativity Gallery
Times: 8.30am to 5.30 pm Daily
Entry: museum Rates Apply

Yassir Ali is a Sudanese artist who is currently living in Nairobi, Kenya. A graduate of Fine Art from Sudan University for Science and Technology, Yassir is a member of the Almada Art Group, Union for Sudanese Artists and Kuona Trust. He is also involved in many projects for Sudanese children. Yassir is inspired by Nubian culture and motifs and his art is easily identified by eye-catching forms and colour. He has been exhibiting actively internationally.

Fawaz Elsaid was born in Sudan, and graduated from the College of Fine Art at Sudan University in 2004. He too is currently at Kuona Trust. He has participated in art workshops at the French Cultural Center in Khartoum and exhibits his work in Sudan as well as abroad.

Each artist makes an excellent foil for the other and it is in this room that the kaleidoscope finally makes sense. – Frank Whalley in Step inside the kaleidoscope…

August 6, 2013 at 10:30 am 1 comment

Group Exhibition: Young and the Old, Until Aug. 25 2013 @ National Museum

Dates: Until August 25, 2013
Venue: Creativity Gallery, National Museum
Entry: Museums Rates Apply

Exhibiting Artists: Martin M Otieno, Benta Oguda, Billy Mutua, Tabitha Munyoki & Moses Nyawanda

July 31, 2013 at 11:41 am 2 comments

All That Jazz Fest feat. Shumi, Change Kato & A. Rimbui, Jun. 27-28 2013 @ National Museum

All that Jazz June 2013
Dates: June 27 & 28, 2013
Venue: National museum auditorium
Time: 8 pm
Entry: Kshs 2, 500

Guest artists: Moussa Diallo & Shumi & Kato Change

June 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm 1 comment

Kanga Stories Exhibition: The Cloth that Reveals, Jun. 13 – Jul. 13 2013 @ National Museum

Kanga Stories
Dates: Until July 13, 2013
Venue: National Museum
Time: 8.30am to 5.30 pm [Open daily]
Entry: museum rates apply

June 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

50th Anniversary Concert, Jun. 14 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

50th Anniversary Concert
Date & time: 14th June 2013, 7.30 pm
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Entrance: Free

Performances by: Sven Kacirek, Stefan Schneider, Bungo & Birds, Hauschka, Ayub Ogada, Lydia Ogoti and Mukunguni

For more info visit

June 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

Live Music: The Launch, May 31 2013 @ National Museum


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Exhibition: Unsellable Art! May 21 – Jun. 4 2013 @ National Museum

Unsellable art
Unsellable Art! What goes on in the mind of an artist? This thought provoking and educative exhibition organized by the Network of Kenya Visual Artists (NKVA) provides an interesting view of the extremes of an artist.

Opening: May 21, 2013
Venue: Creativity Gallery, National Museum of Kenya – Museum Hill
Time: 6.30 pm
Entrance: Free

The artists will be available in the gallery throughout the exhibition to give you an insight into their thoughts.

Exhibition Runs Until June 4 2013
Entry: Museum rates Apply

Other NKVA exhibitions running concurrently in Mombasa and Kisumu
Alliance Française de Mombasa May 17 – June 7, 2013
Kisumu Museum: May 25 – June 8, 2013

May 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

Film screening: Chasing Ice, Apr. 27 2013 @ National Museum

Chasing Ice

The U.S. Embassy, United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Environment Programme, and the Kenya Museum Society invite you to a special film screening of Chasing Ice in honor of World Earth Day on Saturday, 27 of April at 3:30PM at the Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya. A Q&A session will follow the film.

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog went to the Arctic on an assignment with National Geographic to capture images intended to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change; but through his Extreme Ice Survey he discovers evidence of our changing planet. Chasing Ice follows Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Balog’s hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history.

The film was awarded Excellence in Cinematography, US Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for best original song, among many other notable awards.

Saturday, 27 April 2013
Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum

Film: 4.00pm – Entrance: FREE
RSVP: 0724 255 299, 2339158

April 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: Climate Change During the Last Ice Age, Feb. 27 2013 @ National Museum

Climate Change Lecture Poster

Reservations: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or

February 27, 2013 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Movie screening: Something Necessary, Feb 23 2013 @ National Museum

SN Film poster

February 22, 2013 at 5:36 am Leave a comment

Film Screening: Nairobi Half Life, Jan. 26 2013 @ Nairobi National Museum


The Kenya Museum Society invites you to Nairobi Half Life, Film Screening (1st time at the Nairobi National Museum)

This is the story of a young man in pursuit of his dream of becoming an actor. He makes his way to Nairobi the city of opportunity and quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairrobery as he is robbed of all his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn’t know a soul.
He is drawn into a world of crime where he comes face to face with the city’s criminals… His determination is encouraging and a true testament that what stands between us and our goals is us.

Winner of Kalasha Awards
Breakthrough Audience Award at AFI Fest 2012 & Film Africa 2012 Audience Award

When: Saturday, 26 January, 2013
Where: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum,

Refreshments 1.15 pm, Doors open 2.00 pm.
Ksh 400 Members
Ksh 500 Non-members
Ksh 200 Citizen & Student rate

Reservations: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or
M-Pesa no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019

January 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

The Theatre Company Presents: Wanawake wa Heri wa Winsa, Dec 15-16 2012 @ National Museum

Back from a successful International Tour of India, The Theatre Company will present Wanawake wa Heri wa Winsa  – A Swahili translation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor at the Nairobi National Museum Amphitheatre on the 15th and 16th of December 2012 at 4pm and 7 pm daily. Tickets for the show cost Ksh 500/-.

Synopsis :

The play is set in Kiambu County in the plush environs of Windsor, Falstaff makes his love and desires known not to one but two married women in identical letters. Upon comparison Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page plot their revenge on Falstaff for being so bold and assuming. The revenge plan unveils itself with almost catastrophic but hilarious consequences. The strength of some relationships with doubts creeping and some grow ever so stronger as the inhabitants of this small town watch and are a part of the unfolding comical events that surround Falstaff amorous adventures.

December 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: Challenges of a Nationhood, Dec. 11 2012 to Jan. 23 2013 @ National Museum – Creativity Gallery

Opening: Tuesday, December 11 2012
Venue: Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum

Exhibition: Stone sculptures by Art Piece Africa’s Naftali Mommanyi. Also featuring paintings by Samuel Njuguna, Willie Wamuti, Robert Njoroge and Daniel Kinyanjui

December 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Layers – Perceptions & interactions between Scientists & Communities, Dec. 10-31 2012 @ National Museum – Ecology Gallery

Dates: December 10-31, 2012
Venue: Nairobi National Museum – Ecology Gallery
Exhibiting Artists: Miriam Syowia Kyambi & James Muriuki

Be part of the Art Project and get shadow portraits of you in your chosen lab coat for free

Dates: Tuesdays 11 am-2 pm, Thursdays 3-6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

Read more on this project here

December 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Varied Perceptions, Dec. 10 2012 – Jan. 31 2013 @ the Creativity Gallery – National Museum

Varried Perceptions
An exhibition featuring painting by Shake Makelele and photos by David Mbiyu

December: December 10 2012 – January 31 2013
Venue: the Creativity Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Entry: Museum rates apply

Exhibition by: Maryann Muthoni Gathenya, Melissa Jean Woodside, Francis Oghuma Picha and 17 others in Nairobi

December 10, 2012 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

Second Hand Book Sale, Dec 7-8 2012 @ National Museum

Kenya Museum Society presents the best second hand book sale in Nairobi – it is back at the Nairobi National Museum

Friday 7 –  Saturday 8 December 2012
10am – 3pm on both days.

If you missed the September edition… this is your chance to get some really good books at great prices (a discount will be given if you purchase many books)

December 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Evening Art Walk: Absolut Art Absolut Spirit, Dec. 6 2012 @ National Museum of Kenya

Absolute art Absolute Spirit
Date: December 6, 2012
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: 6.30 pm

The National Museum of Kenya Permanent Art collection will be showcased to the public for the very first time

Exhibiting artists: Cartoon Joseph, Moses Nyawanda, Michael Dete, James Mutisya, Moses Muigai, Wilson Mwangi, Erick Wamagata, Oliver Okoth

Also get a chance to walk with artists through museum art galleries
Walk through the gallery
Complementary Absolut Vodka will be served

December 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Bones of Turkana – Unraveling the Mysteries of Human Evolution Introduced by Dr. Richard Leakey, Nov. 14 2012 @ National Museum

The Kenya Museum Society & Prehistory Club NMK, invite you to Bones Of Turkana – Unravelling the mysteries of Human Evolution Introduced by Dr. Richard Leakey

This is a National Geographic Special film that will show you how Dr Leakey and his team traverse 4 million years of hominid history in search of the characteristics that make us uniquely human, focusing on the latest significant fossil discoveries made in the arid Northern Region of Kenya’s Turkana Basin (the Cradle of Human Life)

Date: Wednesday, 14 November, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Refreshments 6pm Doors open 6.30 pm.
Contacts: Reservations: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS members, Ksh 500 Non-members & Ksh 200 Students [M-Pesa no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019]

Download Bones of Turkana Poster

November 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Annual Munene Arts Exhibition, Aug. 6-19 2012 @ National Museum

The NMK is celebrating art in all its diversity through paintings, editorial cartoons and portraits.

Opening Date: August 6, 2012
Venue: National Museum of Kenya, Temporary Gallery
Time: 3pm

Exhibition Dates: August 7-19, 2012
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

Munene is one of Kenya’s leading cartoonists. He currently works with the Standard Newspaper.
This is his first solo exhibition.

August 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm 2 comments

Concert: One and Only, Aug. 9 2012 @ the Louis Leakey Auditorium-National Museum

Date: August 9, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Gate Kshs 1000, Advance tickets Kshs 800 available online at

One and Only is a celebration of love and life wrapped in sweet melodies and soulful delivery. It’s a snapshot of everyday romance in 21st century Africa and everyday Nairobi.
One and Only is the embodiment of our desire to find true love and companionship without the hassle of new age theories. It’s the space to tell our stories of love and friendship.

For more info check their Facebook event page

Listen to ‘One and Only’

July 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

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