Founded on 31 March 2012, Tambach Museum is located in Tambach Town, in Kenya. It is approximately 42 kilometers from Eldoret Town.
The idea of establishing a museum at Tambach was conceived by the National Museums of Kenya (NMK). The museum was established to safeguard the Tambach heritage site and the culture of the Keiyo and Marakwet people. It is mainly famous for the Sirikwa Holes constructed by the Sirikwa people in the 17th & 18th centuries. It is also known for preserving a collection of music instruments used by the Keiyo and Marakwet people.
It also has a rich colonial history. In 2003, NMK renovated the former District Commissioner’s residence; a seven roomed bungalow to create an exhibition space for ethnographic and archaeological collections of the Elgeiyo/Marakwet County. Tambach Heritage Town Exhibition is the premier exhibition for this Museum and was funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kenya through the efforts by AFRICOM (International Council of African Museums).
It is the first museum exhibition in the entire county and is anticipated to promote heritage activities and form part of the North Rift Circuit as a major tourist attraction in this area. This exhibition highlights the development of Tambach town during the colonial and independence period and factors which influenced its growth and decline and now renewed growth. The exhibition also explores the culture (past and present) of its inhabitants-the Keiyo and the Marakwet.