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American Embassy Memorial Garden

Moi Ave | P. O. Box 7010, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 722 323302
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In the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi, it is estimated than more than 200 people perished. The... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
Memorial Garden Visit

This park is lovely. There were many locals enjoying the day. The security person noticed me... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2016
Mattie S
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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 22 November 2016

In the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi, it is estimated than more than 200 people perished. The majority of the victims were Kenyans. The memorial features the names of all those who were killed and there is a small but nicely organized park which...More

Thank josorb
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

This park is lovely. There were many locals enjoying the day. The security person noticed me looking in the windows of the visitors center and let me know it was closed but he could get the keys to allow me to visit. After about 5...More

1  Thank Mattie S
Reviewed 24 August 2016

More than 200 people were killed in the 1998 US embassy bombing in Kenya. A serene memorial has been built on the site, and the memorial features the names of all those who were killed. The embassy was subsequently shifted to another location, after this...More

Thank akshayhiremath
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

The bombing memorial garden and museum on the site of the former US embassy is quite impressive. It is hard to imagine what a carnage it must have been, as well as the throngs of people approaching to help, but cordoned away by the Americans...More

Thank Hermes_NL
Reviewed 28 July 2016

The visitors center has photos of dignitaries who have visited, artwork from children and personal stories from some of the survivors. The most poignant part was the excellent video describing the events of the day with personal insights and tracking down the perpetrators. Very informative,...More

Thank RNRiggins
Reviewed 2 June 2016

The park is small, but still affords a quiet refuge for anyone willing to pay the nominal entrance fee. A higher admission price is due to enter the memorial museum, where exhibits explain the whole history of the site. Learning about the horrors inflicted by...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Located in the Central Business Disctrict in Nairobi, this place was build in memory of those who lost life during the terror attack back in 1998. It has a cafe, very nice garden, mid size conference hall. It also has the names of all those...More

Thank Nyikuri I
Reviewed 24 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
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.

Thank glennman
Reviewed 21 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...More

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