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.
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Travel Tips
- You can download the OKCNM Mobile App for more information related to your visit and tour.
Entrance Ticket Details For Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
- 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.
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Hours
- 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.
How to Reach Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
- 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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