In April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh bombed the front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people. Five years later, a memorial was dedicated to the victim of the attack on that site, and in February 2001, the Memorial Museum opened. The features of the memorial, described below are incredibly moving sights. They are:
- The Gates of Time: huge, bronze gates that mark the time of the tragedy
- Reflecting Pool: though the pool's water flows from east to west, you can see a clear image of yourself in the water
- Field of Empty Chairs: 168 chairs, with the names of the victims etched into them, in the open air, where the Murrah Building once stood.
- Survivors' Wall: The only remnant of the Murrah building has the names of more than 600 survivors etched onto it.
- The Survivor Tree: heavily damaged in the blast, this 100 year old American Elm put out leaves once again over a year after the event.
- The Memorial Fence: a 10-foot tall chain link fence on which visitors leave mementos.
- Rescuers' Orchard: Trees surrounding the survivor tree, representing the rescuers who came to help
- Children's Area: 5000 tiles hand painted by children and sent.
Also close by are the Heartland Chapel, and the And Jesus Wept statue, representing two churches that were also damaged in the blast. The museum is an interactive tour that takes you through the chronological story of the bombing, and years after it.
- You can download the OKCNM Mobile App for more information related to your visit and tour.
- Adults $15 S
- Senior (62+), Military (With ID), Student (6-17 or college student with current ID) $12
- Children (5 years and under) Free
- Group rates are available for 15+ members.
- Last museum ticket is sold at 5pm.
- The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is free and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. National Park Service Rangers are on the site daily, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, to answer questions. Rangers are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Museum is closed Easter Day.
- Buses 018 and 050 stop N Harvery Ave @ Memorial.
- Buses 002, 003, 011, 015, 018, 022, 23N, 024 stop NW 4th St @ N Robinson Ave.
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A dark moment in our history. Home grown terrorism is a reality. This memorable gives the whole story in great detail. We'll worth visiting. Allow a few hours, as it takes time to soak in the full story. While I'll not likely return, if you're in the area, you owe it to yourself to visit.
Beautifully done, symbolism everywhere one turns. The Ranger stationed there is extremely knowledgeable about the Memorial, don't hesitate to ask questions. . A very touching & emotional reminder of how intertwined our lives and feelings are. The Memorial can be done in a few hours without physical excretion, except walking. Set aside half a day for the adjacent Memorial Museum.
This is one of the best memorials and museums that I have seen. The layout of the memorial outside the museum is really well thought and well design. The museum itself provides a great background of the event from the beginning to the end. I spent three hours to tour the museum and an hour to walk around the memorial park.
Well done. This is the first time I have visited. I remember this day so vividly. It brought it all back to mind, in a visceral way. Big Kudos to designers. Great Museum.
A nice layout with easy to read placards and great video information. Interviews of people who survived the bombing and family. Seems too intense for kids because they show blood and talk about people getting killed, show live footage of the bombing and people running into the building and being taken out on stretchers. But lots of kids here with parents. I think the outdoor grounds are good for small kids but not so much the history of the bombing. Beautiful grounds. Nice memorial. The memorial is free. The museum costs 18 I think.