We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.
Through the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the world will never forget the 168 who died in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
The Memorial is comprised of two separate components, each pays tribute to the victims of the tragedy in a distinctive way. The 3.3-acre Outdoor Symbolic Memorial includes the Gates of Time, which mark the time before and after the bombing took place, and the Field of Empty Chairs, which memorializes each of those killed. The Survivor Tree, a symbol of Oklahoma's resilience, is an American elm that withstood the full force of the bomb's blast.
Inside the 50,000-square-foot Memorial Museum, interactive exhibits offer a contrast between the immense brutality of the senseless act and the tenderness of the city's response. This chronological, self-guided experience takes you through the story of April 19, 1995, and the days, weeks and years that followed. For a taste of the museum before you arrive, download the mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Experience the lessons learned from the bombing, leaving you knowing the world holds far more good than bad. Walk through the events of that morning — hear from the investigators, rescuers, survivors and family members of those who were killed. See how the Oklahoma City community and people across the nation came together to support each other in a time of great need.
The museum is divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Day Like Any Other. Begin in the Orientation Theater.
Chapter 2: History of the Site. Explore the Murrah Building and its neighborhood. The rise of extremism in the United States looms.
Chapter 3: A Meeting, Recorded. Hear the only audio of the blast two minutes into an Oklahoma Water Resources Board meeting.
Chapter 4: Confusion & Chaos. Witness frantic first impressions. Incredible stories of trapped survivors and rescue workers. The first hours investigating a 20-block crime scene with 312 buildings damaged.
Chapter 5: World Reaction, Rescue & Recovery. Enter a fast-paced global news media environment; see Survivor Experience Theater video stories. Witness heroism and the remarkable caring remembered as Oklahoma Standard.
Chapter 6: Watching & Waiting. Rescue and recovery efforts last 16 days as workers sift through the rubble. We see an international outpouring of care and concern. Finally, ceremonies mark the end of rescue/recovery efforts, even as a nation mourns.
Chapter 7: Gallery of Honor. Photos, precious artifacts and videos from family members and other loved ones tell personal stories of the 168 killed.
Chapter 8: Impact & Healing. To contend with grief, many people turn to their faith. The Survivor Tree becomes a reassuring symbol of strength. Visitors leave tokens of remembrance on The Fence. Plans for permanent Memorial begin with family members and survivors.
Chapter 9: Investigation, Evidence & Justice. Track the Trail of Evidence: crime scene photos, the getaway car, parts of the rental truck. Explore the trials, the sentencing and the team that sought justice.
Chapter 10: Responsibility & Hope. Now part of this Museum, the former Journal Record building, left in its damaged state, shows the impact of the blast. An interactive explores choices and consequences. The Memorial Overlook frames the Memorial and the city deeply changed through rebuilding and renaissance.
Museum admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 62+, $13 for military with ID, $12 for students 6-17 or college student with current ID, and free for children five years and younger. Winter Hours have now begun at the Memorial Museum and will continue through March. The Museum will now close at 5:00 p.m. daily, with the last ticket sold at 4:00 p.m. each day.
A Remembrance Ceremony is held annually on April 19 at the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial. It commemorates those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. Also each year, tens of thousands of runners from around the world lace up to participate in the Memorial Marathon. This is truly a Run to Remember, bringing the community together to celebrate life and hope.
This destination is open. Normal operating hours may be affected and some COVID-19 related restrictions may still apply. Be sure to call ahead for the most up-to-date information.
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