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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 victims who died in the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
The Memorial is comprised of two separate components, each of which pays tribute to the victims of the tragedy in a distinctive way. The 3.3-acre Outdoor Symbolic Memorial includes such features as 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 the victims. The Survivor Tree, a resilient symbol of the attack, is an American Elm that withstood the full force of the bomb's blast on that fateful day.
Inside the 50,000-square-foot Memorial Museum, interactive exhibits offer a contrast between the immense brutality of the senseless act of violence and the tenderness of the city's response. This chronological, self-guided tour 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 fateful morning — hear the sound of the bomb and hear from the investigators, rescuers, survivors and family members of those who lost their lives. See just how the Oklahoma City community and people across the nation came together to support each other in a time of great need.
The tour is divided into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: A Day Like Any Other. Experience a brief orientation and begin to understand the mission of the Memorial and Museum.
Chapter 2: History of the Site. Discover the history of the neighborhood in and around the Murrah Building.
Chapter 3A: A Hearing. Hear the official recording of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board meeting from April 19, 1995, which began at 9 a.m. just across the street from the Murrah Building. A mere two minutes into the recording, you’ll hear the sound of the bomb that changed us forever.
Chapter 3B: Confusion. Experience the chaos outside the Oklahoma Water Resources Board meeting. See helicopter news footage of the ravaged building at 9:13 a.m., the first images broadcast.
Chapter 4A: Chaos. Experience the first frantic minutes after the bombing through detailed artifact cases, murals and computer kiosks.
Chapter 4B: Survivor Experiences. A stirring video documents the scene during the first hour and a half after the bombing, and survivors tell their own stories. Interactive touch-screen computers provide more in-depth information.
Chapter 5A: World Reaction. Step into a fast-paced media environment complete with news footage and special bulletins that poured in from around the globe following the bombing.
Chapter 5B: Rescue & Recovery. Come face to face with incredible stories from trapped survivors, rescue workers, the medical community, construction volunteers and others. Miraculously, amidst the search for victims, a key piece of evidence was discovered.
Chapter 6: Watching & Waiting. Learn more about rescue and recovery operations, USAR teams, the Family Assistance Center and the Oklahoma Standard. Experience a national outpouring of support through cards and letters, and feel the impact of special ceremonies marking the end of rescue and recovery efforts.
Chapter 7A: Gallery of Honor. Honor the lives of the 168 who were killed. In this beautiful room, families display personal photographs and artifacts of their loved ones, and interactive computers provide their personal stories.
Chapter 8: Impact & Healing. Hear stories from family members, survivors and rescue workers in the first years after the bombing. Learn about changes in the community and country that impact us all, and see how family members and survivors led the effort to pass new Congressional legislation.
Chapter 9: Investigation & Justice. Witness key pieces of evidence used to piece together the case against the conspirators, including crime scene photos, the getaway car, parts of the rental truck, evidentiary boards from the trials and accounts from investigators and justice team members. In this section of the museum, there’s also a part of the Journal Record Building left in its damaged state to illustrate the impact of the violence and devastation.
Chapter 10: Responsibility & Hope. From the Memorial Overlook, take a glimpse at the Memorial grounds from a new perspective, looking out onto the skyline of a city forever changed. Before you leave, take part in an interactive exhibit that forces you to make choices and understand the impact and consequences.
Museum admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62+, $12 for military with ID, $12 for students 6-17 or college student with current ID, and free for children five years and younger.
And on the last Sunday in April, tens of thousands of runners from around the world participate in the Memorial Marathon. This is truly a Run to Remember, celebrating life and hope, bringing the community together to honor the 168 people killed, the hundreds of survivors and those changed forever. The Memorial Motorcycle Run also memorializes the anniversary of the attack, taking place the weekend prior to the Memorial Run.
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