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“Nice Escape Inside the City” 4 of 5 stars
Review of American Embassy Memorial Garden

American Embassy Memorial Garden
Moi Ave | P. O. Box 7010, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
254722323302
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Ranked #24 of 94 things to do in Nairobi
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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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Nairobi, Kenya
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice Escape Inside the City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Nice escape if you are already in the city center, but not worth driving INTO the city center to see.

Visited October 2012
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Nairobi
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“Used to be quiet”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My secret getaway. It used to be quiet, and with not as many people. I could sit and read a good book there, but now, its overly crowded, with seats and groups of people everywhere. The Garden should have wireless internet, or a room, or section of the garden should be reserved for those with laptops. Charges 100 shillings or more to enjoy and surf.

Visited November 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“memories”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

anytime it reminds me of the fallen kenya who died in 1998,i like the way kenyan goverment preserved the area.congrates kenya government

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Kisumu
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“loved it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

it felt sad to be there because a lot of innocent people lost their lives on that day, but the place is beautiful i highly recommend it.

Visited December 2011
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Sad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Having lost people I've known here during the bomb blast, I would say it is a bit of a sad experience to be here, but a memorable experience all the same.

Visited October 2011
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