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American Embassy Memorial Garden

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Address: Moi Ave | P. O. Box 7010, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
Phone Number:
+254 722 323302
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

On August 7th 1998, a group of terrorists used a car bomb to blow up the...

On August 7th 1998, a group of terrorists used a car bomb to blow up the then United States Embassy located at the corner of Moi and Haile Selassie Avenues, causing the deaths of 218 innocent people and injuring thousands of others. So powerful was the explosion that it could be heard as far away as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, while the shock wave was felt over the city causing many buildings to tremble. As a result, a new Embassy was constructed on a heavily fortified site at Gigiri while ownership of the existing site was donated by the American and Kenyan people to a trust charged with turning it into a Memorial Park as a tribute to the victims but also a place where the public would be educated about the futility of violence and the essence of peace. The construction of the Park and Museum was made possible by donations in cash and kind by a number of individuals, companies and organizations, leading to its opening on 7th August 2001. The Memorial Park comprises a landscaped garden, a Memorial Wall commemorating the names of those who died and several other features that hold a symbolic meaning relevant to the tragic event. The Visitors Centre, which also houses the Museum, has remarkable conference facilities that can be hired for short term or prolonged durations and can accommodate up to 60 people. All proceeds from the gate charges, conference facilities, meeting rooms, hire of venue for events and advertising space go towards the sustenance and maintenance of the Memorial Park.

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nice place to stroll to.

This park is very accesible and pleasant. In the heart of Nairobi it is also near the Train Museum and many of the bus connections.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 April 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The destination doesnt really have much rather than the memorial and a seating area. But all the same it is okay.

Thank 973christine
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

This park is very accesible and pleasant. In the heart of Nairobi it is also near the Train Museum and many of the bus connections.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

The gardens are a peaceful place amid the bustling city. While small, they offer a nice place to sit and enjoy the quiet. There is a small museum inside, as well. On Sundays it can get quite crowded. There was a bounce house for children and several group meetings going on when we went. The entry into the park is... More 

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Pakenham, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

The gardens are not big or austentageous but you feel a real sense of peace here. The names of those who lost their lives are on an attractive monument and you can sit quietly and pay your respects.

Thank PrincessJax7
Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Whenever opportunity arises, similar to the genocide memorial in Kigali, I pay my respect to those fallen to the senseless act of terror inflicted on not just the American Embassy at the time but also Kenyans who suffered greatly from this crime. It is now a permanent reminder that our world no longer is what it once was and that... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

Before I say more - this garden is obviously a memorial to a dreadful act of terrorism. It does therefore feel slightly inappropriate describing it as an attraction. However it is here to remind us of those who lost their lives - and to encourage us all to reflect up the futility of violence to achieve 'political' or 'religious' objectives.... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

It is a small but a rather quiet place. People get to visit and remember their loved ones who died in the 1998 bomb blast.

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Bamburi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

For sure one would not want to miss this site where many lost their lives due to a terror attack that was so devastating, one woman in particular who was Kenyans hero for three days fought to stay alive for the sake of her children but unfortunately she lost the fight her name was ROSE. May she rest in peace.

Thank Brenda O
Nairobi, Kenya
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

It is ridiculous how this place is mentioned as a tourist attraction, it is just a memorial garden with the names of those who were killed in the 1998 bombings, otherwise a waste of time for any tourist to go here.

Thank moha m
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

A must go! if only for a look at the memorial and remember the Nairobi's killed in the attack. There is a small museum on location. If you have the time watch the video. It is long but very interesting.

Thank peter m

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