The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) intends to launch a national heritage collection centre to preserve the country’s history and culture.
“We have developed a design of the center that is due to cost us Ksh. 2.6 billion,” said Mzalendo Kibunjia, Director General of the National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
During a recent interview, Mr. Kibunjia told Xinhua that the facility will aid in the preservation of Kenya’s defining antiquities to trace its history to a modern republic. He said NMK has collected 10 million items, ranging from biological, cultural, artifacts and paleontology.
“The expansion is necessary since the NMK has remained the same in the past 40 years and is full to the brim with collections,” Kibunjia said.
Lack of funding has delayed the launch and construction of the project that will open additional space for the conservation of artifacts.
The NMK head hinted that the project is likely to be handled by the Chinese owing to their expertise in the in managing science, technology and maritime museums. “We are ready to learn from the Chinese expertise in this area as this will help us expand our museums and attract many people,” said Kibunjia.
Kibunjia said, the National Museums of Kenya currently receives about one million visitors annually, up from 750,000 in 2015.