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“Sad memories”

American Embassy Memorial Garden
Ranked #28 of 124 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, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Roodepoort, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Sad memories”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

I walked to the memorial garden from the intercontinental - easy walk. The memorial garden is small, with many people sitting around or sleeping in the garden. The garden honours those who lost their lives; a worthwhile visit, especially when one considers how Kenya has moved on from so many tragedies.

Visited October 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Surprisingly touching and beautifully done”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Sad to say we did not clearly remember this tragic event. The Kenyans have done a beautiful job with creating this loving memorial who everyone who died or were hurt in this terrorist attack. By far the most touching (not a dry eye in the house) is the 50 minute film (which felt like about 15 minutes). It is a remarkable film about a horrific experience. We highly recommend to everyone but esp. to Americans.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth a stop”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

This pretty little garden and reserved memorial was very pleasant to visit and gave a nice spot to be calm and reflect on this tragic event. There were a few people enjoying the serenity and sipping on a coffee or cool bottle of water. It cost a couple a couple of dollars but was a nice little place to take a break and chill out whilst on a walk through the city.

Visited January 2013
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice view”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Here you find nice view of Nairobi. Don t take any travel guide it s unnecessary. They want of course to take tip for some information.

Visited September 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013

It cost a couple of EURO to visit. It turned out to be a quiet oasis even though it is situated on the corner of a busy intersection. An informal atmosphere and a good place to meet Nairobeans.

Visited October 2012
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