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“Peaceful little garden”

American Embassy Memorial Garden
Ranked #26 of 125 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Melbourne, Australia
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1,089 reviews
735 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 868 helpful votes
“Peaceful little garden”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

The American Embassy Memorial Garden is a nice little garden, providing an oasis or relative calm in amongst chaotic Nairobi. There was an event on at the gardens when I visited, so while the entry fee was waived, the memorials inside the gardens were obscured by seats and awnings. Still, the gardens were a nice little spot and are worth a visit if you are nearby.

Visited July 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“'A mixed Experience!'”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

The moment I entered this place,I received a warm welcome from the friendly security staff,who did some thorough security checks.The place looks attractive even though when I looked at the wall that has the names of those victims who perished during the 1998 bombing,it created a sombre mood.

Visited February 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Okay Place”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

You can relax in the park during the afternoon. The traffic on the Haile Sellasie Avenue however does not make for a peaceful snooze.

Visited April 2012
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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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1 review
“Beautiful Design”
Reviewed May 10, 2012

Well designed with an area to rest and reflect on life's most important gift "LIFE ITSELF"

Visited May 2012
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Watertown, New York
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“Small Memorial of Embassy Bombing”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

I haven't seen much about this attraction. I don't even remember this event. However, it is a very nice garden in memory of those who died in the attack. It is also has historical value and it is inexpensive to get in.

Visited February 2012
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