Nyeri museum is located approximately two and a half hours from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The museum serves as a preservation center of the Gikuyu heritage and culture. The museum is hosted in a national monument that is once used as native customary court whose purpose is to showcase customary law cases that had been previously dealt with by clan Elders in the Gikuyu villages.
More to that, it has an exclusive collection of artifacts showcasing the life and rich culture of the Gikuyu community. It was built in 1924 and started functioning a year later. Since the customary law cases increased with time, the courtroom could not handle the volume, another hall was built to complement the first one.
The cases were henceforth divided among the two with the first court dealing with civil cases like pregnancy and debtor cases and the second one dealing with criminal cases such as theft and murders. The first law court is a quite unique one with well-defined structures. The seats here are inbuilt and concrete where the judges of the cases would sit being slightly raised to give a sense of authority while the other seats were on a more low level.