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“Serene Place in the heart of the city”

American Embassy Memorial Garden
Ranked #30 of 127 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 young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 22, 2013

If you love to lay on green grass after a difficult morning and thank God for life. This is the place to be especially in the afternoons when the sun is out. This is where the US embassy used to sit since independence and the first ever bomb blast in Kenya brought it down in 1998. All the people who died here have their names inscribed on a wall. Loved ones come to give their respects with flowers and prayers.

The management charge a minimal entry fee for maintenance and you can bring a picnic basket with your kids or lover. We paid Kshs. 20 each with my best friend but they did not charge anything on my son who was 2yrs. I am not sure if that has gone up with the economic hardships.

Thank VirginiaNairobi
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is constant reminder of what people have suffered because of terrorism. Every American visitor is encouraged to pay tribute to the people who perished. A beautiful place to spend the afternoon amidst the noisy Nairobi.

1  Thank Regina K
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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.

1  Thank JP&mom
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

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

Thank Scott B
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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.

Thank NairobiLightening
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