On Aug. 7, 1998, at the corner of Moi Avenue and Haile Selassie Avenue in Nairobi, what was then the United States Embassy was blown up in a terrorist attack, causing 218 deaths and thousands of injuries. The August 7 Memorial Park opened on the same date in 2001 as a tribute to the victims of the blast, and also to serve to educate people about the futility of violence.
The Memorial Park comprises a tranquil landscaped garden, a wall commemorating the names of those who died, and a sculpture made from the debris of the blast. The park also features a Conference Center and a Visitors Center with a Memorial Museum displaying various images and exhibits, plus a documentary about the events surrounding the tragedy.
The August 7 Memorial Park is located at the junction of Moi and Haile Selassie Avenues in central Nairobi, not far from Nairobi Railway Station. The park grounds are open daily from 7am to 6pm, with the Visitors Center open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 1pm to 6pm on Sundays and public holidays. The admission fee into the park grounds is KES 20, and for the Visitors Center, it’s KES 100 for adults and KES 50 for children.