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Maasai Market

The Maasai market in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, has become a popular name especially for tourists. The market sells a wide range of African antiques and has become a convergence zone for locals and tourists searching for authentic African artisan products. These products are usually souvenirs for people to take home. Maasai Market is the best place to shop for your souvenirs while on your safari or beach holiday in Kenya. It is an open-air market with a broad selection of products to shop for, including African pots and pans, artwork, jewellery, shoes, purses, garments, and utensils.

The Beads Museum

Culture meets adventure with this tour of local crafts supporting the community of Maasai women.
The Beads Museum – located near Sekenani gate of Maasai Mara – displays a unique art of beaded artefacts: very aesthetic and colourful. The friendly and knowledgeable guides are happy to take you through the experience, even giving you a chance to make your own. The museum is the heart of Beats Of Beads Art Centre, where Maasai women are engaged in beading and can earn their money independently through their craft.

Almasi Art Agency

The Almasi Art Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub. It serves as a showcase for contemporary African art, featuring works by both established and emerging artists from Kenya and beyond. Visitors to the gallery can explore a diverse range of artistic expressions, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media installations, and more. The gallery’s exhibitions often highlight themes relevant to African culture, history, and social issues, allowing artists to share their unique perspectives and narratives. In addition to exhibitions, the Almasi Art Gallery hosts workshops, artist talks, and other events aimed at fostering dialogue and engagement within the local art community. With its dynamic and inclusive approach to showcasing African art, the gallery plays a vital role in promoting creativity, cultural exchange, and artistic appreciation in Diani and beyond.

Fort Jesus

Fort Jesus is a historic landmark located in Mombasa, Kenya, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it stands as a testament to Mombasa’s rich and diverse history. The fort served as a military stronghold during the colonial era, witnessing numerous battles and changing hands between various European powers. Today, Fort Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Mombasa’s most popular tourist attractions. Visitors can explore the fort’s well-preserved ramparts, bastions, and dungeons, which offer insights into its tumultuous past. The fort also houses a museum that showcases artefacts, exhibits, and displays related to Mombasa’s maritime history, Swahili culture, and colonial heritage. With its commanding views of the sea and strategic location at the entrance to Mombasa’s harbour, Fort Jesus remains a symbol of resilience and endurance, inviting visitors to delve into the fascinating history of East Africa’s coastal region.

Karen Blixen Museum

Against the backdrop of the Ngong Hills, the Karen Blixen Museum sits in the cosy suburb, telling the tale of Karen Blixen. The Karen Blixen Museum was once the centrepiece of a farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills owned by Danish Author Karen and her Swedish Husband. Located 10 km from the city centre, the museum belongs to a different period in the history of Kenya and later gained international acclaim with the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’, an Oscar winning film based on Karen’s autobiography by the same title. The museum house is surrounded by a tranquil garden, indigenous forest and a nature trail. The museum is also used frequently for weddings, events and team-building activities. The museum also supports the local art scene with the creation of Karen’s Art Corner.

The Go Down Arts Center

The GoDown Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary arts and culture centre that is home to Kenyan creativity in arts and media. Established in 2003, in a space that was formerly a car repair warehouse, the centre has contributed significantly to the growth, recognition and visibility of local artists by fostering and facilitating collaborations and encounters between artists from different disciplines and different parts of the world. The GoDown provides facilities and support for the development, performance and display of different forms of creative and artistic expression, and the growth of a vibrant and sustainable cultural sector in Kenya and the region, including creative training, exhibitions, and events.

The Pottery Shed

Located in Karen, the Pottery Shed seems to be the new favourite spot for Nairobians. At this pottery experience, people are invited to make their own clay-based products. The activity is designed to be fun for groups, such as family activities or activities with kids.

Kenya National Archives

For history lovers, The Kenya National Archives in Nairobi is a repository of historical items preserving the nation’s heritage and providing resources for research and education.