By Obegi Malack
Renowned palaeoanthropologist Richard Leakey will construct Sh8.5 billion Ngaren Museum in Loodariak Kajiado County.
The museum will be set up next to the East African Museum of Art that will be tasked with displaying contemporary African art history from the dawn of human civilization to the present times.
The facility will house the museum, conference rooms partner institutions, a restaurant and arena to host events such as social, business, and family gatherings.
The museum is a national project that elevates Kenya’s stature as a tourism destination telling the evolution story via technology
The planned museum will become Africa’s first all-digital planetarium to display real-size African dinosaurs to be named Ngaren Museum and will be jointly developed within the next four years in collaboration with Netherlands.
Leakey had changed location of his multi-billion shilling project from Turkana to Kajiado due to Turkana county undeveloped infrastructure and remoteness, inaccessible by air and highly risky due to bandits as and cattle rustlers.
He said Turkana County government had also avoided sponsorship of any of its projects.
“Choice of Kajiado makes commercial sense and the country needs the evolution museum that enriches its tourism product while attracting upto 400,000 visitors annually. It will be the only one in Africa and I have partners willing to actualize this dream for posterity,” he said.
The location in Kajiado is accessible due to government projects, pipeline road that leads to national parks in Nairobi, Kajiado and Narok counties.