Baden Powel Museum

Baden Powel Museum 1

Lord Baden Powell was the founder of the Boy Scout Movement Association hence the museum is named after him. It is found on the grounds of Outspan Hotel. Baden Powell spent his last three years at Paxton cottage in the hotel. He adored his final home and once wrote, ‘The nearer to Nyeri, the nearer to bliss’. The museum is committed to preserving, communicating and exhibiting the heritage of Boy Scout Movement. It is filled with scouting scarfs and all other items used in scouting and also provides an accurate history of the movement.

The museum dates back to 1956 when the building committee chaired by Sir Harold Gillet the Lord Mayor of London purchased the site and assigned Ralph Tubbs to design the house in the modern architectural style.  The foundation stone was laid in 1959 by World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden Powell and was opened in 1961 by Queen Elizabeth II. The Scout Movement provided the largest part which was 400,000 euros. The Association now owns the house where it is housed. Over the years, the house has been refurbished several times and is now providing modern and affordable lodging for scouts, guides, their families and the general public. Annually scouts attend a camping trip here as they celebrate the founding Father, Baden Powell.

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