As the capital of Kenya, Nairobi serves as the economic, administrative and cultural focal point of the country. This growing city is the third biggest in Africa behind only Cairo and Johannesburg. Kenya itself is known by some anthropologists as the 'cradle of humanity' and you can see some of that long history in Nairobi's museums.
The National Museum is one of the finest on the continent and is known for its display of early humans. It also features a variety of fossils, tribal artifacts and over 900 stuffed, mounted birds in their bird gallery. The National Archives are awash in Kenyan handicrafts as well as a collection of varied paintings and pictures of important figures from Kenya in their travels around the world.