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“The real memorial is indoors.”

American Embassy Memorial Garden
Ranked #28 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Northern California
Level 6 Contributor
59 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“The real memorial is indoors.”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

On my 4th trip to Kenya last month, I finally had time to visit the US Embassy memorial. Inside the compound, there is indeed a small, grassy park -- quite full of Kenyans doing various activities on the afternoon I visited. Other than the outdoor plaque with the victims' names, the memorial itself is in a small building on the grounds. It is jam-packed with photographs and materials. I found it to be both interesting and moving. The memorial also shows a film -- about 30 minutes long -- about what happened. It had kind of an odd tone (kind of like a 1950's/60's era propaganda film, to me at least), but I found it very informative. The embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania are not often discussed in the US. I learned a lot from my visit.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank JP&mom
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Nairobi, Kenya
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice Escape Inside the City”
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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Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Used to be quiet”
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
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“loved it.”
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
Thank psilley
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