STATE-OF-THE-ART

(PHOTOS) : Inside the iconic Museum at Uhuru Gardens

Uhuru Gardens lies on 68 acres and hopes to attract 5,000 visitors daily and 2 million annually.

In Summary

•The Tunnel of Martyrs, offers a memorial to Kenyans who lost their lives during the country’s darkest moments. Their names are placed along the sidewalls of the tunnel.

•In the Rope Gallery of the museum, a named rope will be dedicated to every one of the 1,090 heroic souls that were hanged during the colonial era.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and other officials at the Tunnel of Martyrs when he inspected the Uhuru Gardens National Monument & Museum, Langata on July 25, 2022
President Uhuru Kenyatta and other officials at the Tunnel of Martyrs when he inspected the Uhuru Gardens National Monument & Museum, Langata on July 25, 2022
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

On July 25, 2022, President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the Mashujaa state-of-the-art Uhuru Gardens National Monument and Museum which had been closed for almost two years.

However, not all sections within the garden have been completed with renovations still ongoing.

The park lies on 68 acres and can attract 5,000 visitors daily and 2 million annually.

An IT system has been set up there to run the facility.

Officials said 16 out of 33 galleries will be open to the public from August 2022, six others in March 2023 while they expect to run it fully by June next year.

Those visiting the facility will not be charged a single cent up to November this year.

Former President Daniel Arap Moi's famous rungu made of ivory and gold is seen at Uhuru Gardens museum on July 25, 2022.
Former President Daniel Arap Moi's famous rungu made of ivory and gold is seen at Uhuru Gardens museum on July 25, 2022.
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We intend to hit 2 million visitors by 2025. We want people to come and interrogate what we have done and enrich it,” Colonel Ododa Opiyo said.

The areas to be opened in August , 2022  include Peoples of Kenya, Military Heritage, Birth of Kenya, The Moi Exhibition, Kibaki Exhibition, The Tunnel of Martyrs, Hall of Witness, Independence Gallery, Rape Gallery and The Struggle of Independence.

Others are Turi Station, Tomb of Unknown Warrior, Water Feature and Plaza of the People and Ichaweri House.

The museum includes a Hall of Legends, which will showcase the lives of Kenya’s legendary ancestors, including Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Mekatilili wa Menza, Koitalel arap Samoei, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Nabongo Mumia.

President Uhuru Kenyatta reacts as he is briefed on hangman's nooses by Uhuru Gardens National Monument and Museum director Colonel Oduor Opiyo at Uhuru Gardens National Monument & Museum, Langata on July 25, 2022. 1000 nooses at the museums will symbolize death and sacrifices Kenyan forefathers made in struggle for independence
President Uhuru Kenyatta reacts as he is briefed on hangman's nooses by Uhuru Gardens National Monument and Museum director Colonel Oduor Opiyo at Uhuru Gardens National Monument & Museum, Langata on July 25, 2022. 1000 nooses at the museums will symbolize death and sacrifices Kenyan forefathers made in struggle for independence
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The Tunnel of Martyrs, which will serve as a memorial to Kenyans who lost their lives during the country’s darkest moments on July 25, 2022
The Tunnel of Martyrs, which will serve as a memorial to Kenyans who lost their lives during the country’s darkest moments on July 25, 2022
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
Former President Daniel Arap Moi's Bible, Golden bells book and KANU flag on July 25, 2022
Former President Daniel Arap Moi's Bible, Golden bells book and KANU flag on July 25, 2022
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

The museum directors said they had collected 12,300 artefacts from different parts of the country to be showcased at the museum.

The Tunnel of Martyrs, offers a memorial to Kenyans who lost their lives during the country’s darkest moments. Their names are placed on the sidewalls of the tunnel.

The martyrs will range from the first to second World War all the way to the victims of the post-election violence of 2007-08.

In the Rope Gallery of the museum, a named rope will be dedicated to every one of the 1,090 heroic souls that were hanged during the colonial era.

Founding President Jomo Kenyatta's speech during fourth anniversary of Kenya's independence on Uhuru Day on December 12, 1967
Founding President Jomo Kenyatta's speech during fourth anniversary of Kenya's independence on Uhuru Day on December 12, 1967
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Torch of eternity
Torch of eternity
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

The Darkness Gallery, will display Kenya’s lowest moments.

The Museum’s Hall of Innovation will celebrate the brilliant and game-changing ideas produced by Kenyans.

This hall is meant to speak about the coming future and how our past has guided it.

Mt Shengena Locomotive is also lying at the facility and will be used to showcase its history.

In May this year, President Kenyatta had the priviledge to light the torch of eternity.

The flame will remain on to commemorate the lives of all the warriors who fought for Kenya's liberation.

Some of Kenya's artifacts
Some of Kenya's artifacts
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Uhuru Gardens has been a project more sentimental to the President, who ordered its closure in August 2020.

Since its closure back in August 2020, Uhuru has been making impromptu visits to the gardens whenever he had time almost every Sunday to see the progress of the project.