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American Embassy Memorial Garden

Moi Ave | P. O. Box 7010, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
+254 722 323302
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Couldn't see anything

I visited early in the morning of 9th March and after paying the entrance fee was told that the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TravelbugVietnam
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Vietnam
A sobering place to remember the victims of a hideous attack

The garden is a small oasis of green at a busy hub in the center of the city. The admission is... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2017
worldwandererAtlanta
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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
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Moi Ave | P. O. Box 7010, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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+254 722 323302
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited early in the morning of 9th March and after paying the entrance fee was told that the room where the video is shown was being painted and so no video. They said it would reopen again in about 2 weeks time. You may...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

The garden is a small oasis of green at a busy hub in the center of the city. The admission is inexpensive (about 1.50 USD pp) and the garden contains a wall with all the names of the victims. In the back of the garden...More

1  Thank worldwandererAtlanta
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

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.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

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

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Reviewed 4 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

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

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

1  Thank KL1471
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Reviewed 30 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
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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

1  Thank avidforafrica
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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
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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

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