Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wonders Never End in Museums

Story and photos by Rebecca Musanga and Dorcas Kirwa.

As the old saying goes,’ Old is gold’ and indeed we have now verified this proverb because we also believe that seeing is believing.  So on a cool Saturday morning, on the 8th of December 2012, all roads led to Nairobi National Museum. We went under the supervision and guidance of our art instructor, Mr. Joseph Wanderi ("Wanderer"), who was well armed with two well-trained journalists known as Dorcas Kirwai and Rebecca Musanga (the authors of this blog).

It was a chance for the art program kids to take a day off from their normal routine with the paint brushes and explore what is offered at the Nairobi National Museum. On arrival, a scary gigantic dinosaur welcomed us as we waited to be cleared. We first visited the museum art exhibition where we were totally inspired by people’s professional artwork. I was amazed when I saw one fine art painting costing 350, 000 Kenyan Shillings ($4,120 USD), meaning that if I was to paint or draw three of them, then I could be a millionaire in a few weeks time.

“When drawing or painting a landscape, never start with the people or objects but always start with the sky to give your picture a balance. You can also use boundaries of a picture that contains objects of different localities,” advised Mr. Wanderer.

We were able to see different species of all types of birds, including the owl, which most people associate with bad omen. For the first time, I saw an ostrich’s egg. We also saw an exhibition on cutleries, read Kenya’s history, learned about the Mau Mau generation, saw colonial garments, and learned about older means of transport, including the railway line in which we saw one built at the museum, and learned about media culture, sports and lastly fossils.

Next was a walk to the Snake Park, where it even got scarier.  We viewed live snakes caged in different glass transparent walls and they were as well crawling towards our direction. I guess they were excited to see us. I got very interested when I saw these two types of snakes; one was the Milk Snake that eats insects, eggs and frogs. It’s harmless and lays 10 eggs per clutch. The second one was known as Boom slang, a big fanged venomous tree snake that has deadly slow acting venom that causes a general bleeding and the snake is non aggressive. We also saw some moving turtles, crocodiles and an alligator.

The trip ended with some adventure and funny games as some dancers entertained us. The music carried us too and we joined them in dancing to their tune of the orutu, flute and the drums. Sadly we had to leave all the fun behind and go back home but we remained with great memories stored in our minds. All that has a beginning must have an ending. We entered the bus and left for Uweza Foundation Center where we ended the day with lunch.

Rebecca Musanga and Dorcas Kirwai are members of the Uweza Journalism Club.

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