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American Embassy Memorial Garden

Moi Ave | P. O. Box 7010, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 722 323302
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Cheap to visit but not much to see.

Total time was less than 30 minutes. There is a wall with names of those who died along with a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Robert Z
Machesney Park, Illinois
From a memorial Garden to a stall

Sad to see such a memorable place converted into a mini market instead of a place of solace... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Philemon C
Nairobi, Kenya
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Moi Ave | P. O. Box 7010, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 722 323302
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Total time was less than 30 minutes. There is a wall with names of those who died along with a little history. If in the area it's worth stopping but not a destination.

Thank Robert Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sad to see such a memorable place converted into a mini market instead of a place of solace. However, decided to construct kiosks on the entrance to the memorial garden put commerce ahead of the memory of those who lost their lives. The place should...More

Thank Philemon C
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This memorial was built on the spot of terrorism in 1998 and more than 200 Kenyans lost their lives - even the goal for the attock was the American embassy. It's important to give tribute to the innocent people who lost their lives on this...More

Thank bjois
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We stopped here for about 20 minutes. Very tragic. Hard to imagine the bombing happened and many lives were lost.

Thank KL1471
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We recommend the hotel, the food, the service - all in all it was fine and we would stay here again if the world wasn't filled with many other interesting places to visit!

Thank Anthony4949
Reviewed 10 July 2017

and definitely watch the 50 minute video. so informative, and so well done. moving in a way that reading about it would never be

Thank avidforafrica
Reviewed 30 June 2017

its a good place to cool your hills on a hot day. on a weekend or evening its a no go zone will all the meetings going on.

Thank George K
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A nice cool place to relax in the busy city centre of Nairobi. Its very proximity to government offices, Kenyan parliament, food restaurants, shopping malls and bus stations. To access it when in Nairobi, you just need to walk there from your hotel and the...More

Thank FavourSafaris
Reviewed 25 March 2017

I was impressed what I saw and the people are very friendly and explain all the details. There is a very good movie and everyone should see it.

Thank Bruno G
Reviewed 22 February 2017

A small park in the city center area to memorialize the people killed by terrorists when the US Embassy was bombed in 1998

Thank paul s
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