How Many Historical Sites Are In Kenya : Kenya is an East African country, which is known to have a rich history that spans thousands of years, and its history reflects a lot about the diverse cultural heritage and many significant events that are usually conducted by the people. More so, Kenya offers a wide range of historical landmarks due to the fact that there are archaeological sites and colonial era buildings such as; Museums, monuments and many historical sites and land marks which we will delve more in detail in the context below.
This country is a home to several archaeological sites where tourists can visit and get to have insights about the early human history of the region for example the Great Rift Valley which is famously known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site has numerous archaeological sites like; Olorgesailie and Koobi Fora among others. In addition, these sites provide fossils and artifacts, which contribute a lot to our understanding of human evolution.
Nairobi National Museum.
The Nairobi national museum is known as a perfect place to visit when one is interested to learn more about the history of Kenya because it has a collection of this country’s history and touring there will grant you opportunities to know about the culture, and art such as ancient artefacts. More so, there are more than 900 stuffed birds and animals found in the museum, fossils from Turkana Lake, displays of ethnic tribal groups, watercolors of flowers and plants, and a collection of rocks and minerals among others. and in the area Hominid Vault, you can find the “first men,” which are bones and fossils from the time before humans lived.
Fort Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site found in Mombasa and it symbolizes the city’s historical significance. The Portuguese constructed Fort Jesus during the 16th century in 1953 and it has been of a great importance in the country whereby it has served various purposes over the centuries such as; as a military stronghold prison and it acts as a warehouse.
Lamu Old Town.
Lamu old town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is ranked as one of the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa. More so, this town’s architecture represents the blend of the Arabic, Swahili, Persian, Indian and European influences hence showcasing its historical role as a trading centre in the country.
Karen Blixen Museum.
Karen Blixen Museum is situated in Nairobi and it was formerly known as the home of the Danish author named Karen Blixen who was famously known because of her famous book “out of Africa”. Therefore, touring around this museum provides you with a glimpse into the colonial era as one learns more about Blixen’s life and the history of the European settlement in Kenya. More so, tourists on a safari in Kenya can choose to visit this museum because it also acts as a store where people can buy items like; crafts, books, post cards and many other gifts.
Lamu Museum was built between 1813 and 1821 on Lamu Island as a fortress. However, during years of 1910 to 1984, it was used as a jail and the permanent exhibition on the ground floor was split into three sections such as: marine, freshwater, and terrestrial whereby each of these areas has its own ecosystems. More so, in the Lamu Museum people can find offices, labs, a shop, and a diner on the second floor among others.
Malindi Museum is famously known as a centre of information about Malindi’s sights and events. This museum is considered as one of the main historical sites in the country because it has artefacts from Malind’s past and present, there is a collection of many pictures to see and objects as well more information about the explorer named Vasco da Gama and the time he arrived in Kenya, which is 1498.
Kisumu museum holds a lot against the exhibition of cultural history, collections of species of flora and fauna, a traditional Luo house, Luo traditional artifacts. Therefore visiting within a museum it helps one to learn more about the way people live in western part of Kenya. More there are Historical places and monuments such as; Fort Tenan, Songhor, Thimlich Ohinga, and Rusinga islands are connected to Kisumu museum hence making it a great historical site in the country.
Loiyangalani museum is situated within the desert on top of a hill and visiting this museum grants tourists to capture classic views of Lake Turkana. More so, touring around this museum blesses individuals with opportunities to get to learn more and interact with people who stay around this area due to the fact that there are around 8 different groups of people and tourists can also get close to the beautiful nature within the surrounding hence acquiring a good experience.
Gede was a typical Swahili town that was built in the 12th century and later it as renovated between the 15th or 16th century. Later after being abandoned in the 17th century, it turned into being considered as a Gade Museum.
The Kalenguria museum is where the books and documents are kept safely in a memorial library in honour of all the heroes who fought for Kenya’s independence. More so, the library also has artefacts and photos of the Pokot people, as well as finds that show the pre-colonial history, slavery, the arrival of Europeans, African resistance to colonial rule, and the activities of early nationalists hence ranking it to be considered as one of the top historical sites in the country.
The Meru Museum has kept well the traditional culture and practices of Meru people and around this museum, there is a garden with shrubs and indigenous medicine grasses, traditional huts, an outdoor platform for dance, music and kiosks for selling among others.
Within the Kabernet museum, around four galleries display about culture, the environment, and native information. Therefore, visiting within the museum one gets to learn more about the cultures of the Keiyo/Marakwet, Samburu, Pokot, Nandi, and Kipsigis is the safari major attraction. There are also things learn about what happened before colonization, during colonisation, and after freedom.
Narok Museum Holds exhibitions of photos and artifacts which help to preserve the beauty and the strength of the traditional culture of the Maasai and Maa people, paintings and photographs depicting the traditional lifestyle.
Rabai museum, which is situated in Mombasa, is known as the place where Christianity started in Kenya. There this site is a big reminder of what happened when the first missionaries arrived.
Apart from the above mentioned, there are more attractive historical sites that are found within the country and some of these include; Tom Mboya Mausoleum Kisumu, Uhuru Garden Nairobi and Uhuru means “freedom” in Swahili, it is considered as the biggest memorial park in Kenya. More so, there is Jumba la Mtwana Mombasa, Koobi Fora is the site, which is situated in the east of Turkana Lake covering a total surface area of about 1800 square kilometers. Songhor, which is located in Nyando district of the Nyanza, Takwa Lamu, Thimlich Ohinga, Olorgesailie and many others.
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