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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Multan, Pakistan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

American Embassy Memorial Park, also called “August 7th Memorial Park” is a small serene and unique place located in the Central Business District in Nairobi. This place was built in memory of those who lost life during the terrorist attack in the building of American Embassy on August 7, 1998. It is located at the junction of Moi Ave and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Small exhibit. Loaded with information. One of the first attacks captured in pictures and a captivating video. Need 2-3 hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Visited this place with friends for an afternoon of Jazz in the park organized by DrumJam Kenya. Its a nice place for outdoor small meet ups. I got the opportunity to see the memorial plaque with the slain persons during the 1998 bomb blast .

Thank Jeanjoza
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 offers the possibility to reflect on this horrendous attack and similar attacks in other parts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 min. The person responsible for collecting the small entrance fee came and unlocked the door.... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 devastating bombing.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 afraid of a second blast. The museum is worth the small entrance fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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, especially for an American.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a truck bomb but also hearing the stories of survivors and rescuers might inspire conflicting... More 

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