By Ogova Ondego
Published March 26, 2013
The entry charges to various museums, historic sites and national monuments across Kenya are set to go up by 100% on May 1, 2013.
Announcing the new gate fees, the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), a state corporation whose mandate is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage…for the purposes of enhancing knowledge, appreciation, respect and sustainable utilization of these resources for the benefit of Kenya and the world, for now and posterity, says the move is in line with the gazettement of the new rates by the Minister of State for National Heritage and Culture on January 16, 2013.
Nairobi National Museum on Museum Hill will now collect Sh200 (about US$3), up from Sh100 (US$1.5) per Kenyan adult and Sh100 per Kenyan child.
East African residents will pay Sh600 (US$8), up from Sh400 (US$5), while tourists from other parts of the world will pay Sh1,200 (US$15) instead of the current Sh800 (US$10).
Besides the flagship Nairobi National Museum, NMK runs regional museums, sites and monuments of national and international importance alongside priceless collections of Kenya’s living cultural and natural heritage.
NMK says the new rates”that shall affect access to sites and monuments across the country, such as Olorgiesaile, Uhuru Gardens, Koobi Fora, Jumba la Mtwana, Mnarani, Siyu Fort, Songhor, Thimlich Ohinga, and Takwa” are meant to cushion it against rising costs of preserving and presenting national heritage to humanity.
The Nairobi Gallery at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and Uhuru Highway will charge Kenyan adults Sh150 (US$3) and children Sh100 (US$1.5).