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“Touching; a quiet place in the middle of the city”

American Embassy Memorial Garden
Ranked #30 of 128 things to do in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We spent about 20 minutes walking in the garden. It is a peaceful place and clearly popular with locals for sitting and reading or visiting. The display with the names of the 300+ people who died is touching. It costs 20 Ksch to enter the garden and is definitely worth doing.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is a place worth visiting. I am a survivor of the 1997 bomb blast in Nairobi. History is difficult to erase and it affects every individual in a unique way. A park where sweet hearts meet. Rooms for hire where one can carry out trainings and fund raising. Gardens that provide the back drop for wedding photos. A theatre where one can view by film the happenings of the fateful day - 7 August 1997. An area where Christmas events are held - there was a Christmas carol event here years back when Kanji Mbugua had just returned home from studies in the USA. This is the first time I heard him sing. A man who sang "Joy to the world" - while on his feet- as a jazz tune, as a reggae tune,as a Christmas carol, as a classical tune,etc. What talent!!!!

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Glad I saw the memorial. We met a woman that lost her spouse - and as she touched his name on the wall, it sent goosebumps. We were there with people from Nairobi and our host had a sister in an adjacent building - who is forever scarred by loud noises. Nice tributes, gripping photos good quotes.

Thank nancyesca
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

This serves as a reminder of our past .this is what brings us together,well manicured ground relaxing environment in the CBD Nairobi.

Thank Joseph C
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Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

Set in a small grassy area with small fountain and marble memorial at first one is disappointed until you do in an see the 50 min film which is both dramatic and informative . It puts everything into perspective . A must see .

Thank compostmaker
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