“In honor of the lost lives from the Federal building bombing ”
The Oklahoma City National Memorial is comprised of two distinct components that go hand in hand in educating about the senselessness of terrorism and violence.
The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a beautiful 3.3 acre site in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The Memorial has transformed the original site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and also encompasses what once was Fifth Street, the former Journal Record Newspaper Building and five other parcels of land that were located just to the north of the bombed building. Today, you will greeted by the Gates of Time, and learn the story through symbolic elements including a Field of Empty Chairs, A Reflecting Pool, the Survivor Tree, the Rescuers’ Orchard, the Survivor Wall, a Children’s Area and the fence that originally protected the crime scene which even today gathers objects of remembrance and hope.
The Memorial Museum is a 50,000 square foot, highly interactive Museum which tells the story of what happened on that beautiful spring morning in the capitol city of Oklahoma. You will walk through that morning and see the sights and hear the sounds of what the people in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma have worked to overcome. You will hear the sound of the bomb, hear from the investigators, the rescuers, survivors and from family members who lost loved ones. You will experience the Lessons Learned from the Oklahoma City bombing and leave knowing that the world holds far more good than bad. The Museum is a tribute that in no way diminishes the tragedy, but rather offers an inspiring contrast between the brutality of the evil and the tenderness of the response.
We were driving through OKC on a trip out west once when we decided to take a quick trip around downtown and stumbled upon this memorial. It is a beautiful memorial to such a tragic day in American history. A somber memorial, but seeing the Survivor Wall was an unexpected powerful moment in our road trip. Stuck with me for many miles after we left town.
Incredibly moving. Take a tour of the museum and leave you name and message to those who perished there.
A very moving memorial and museum this tragic event. A somber visit but well worth the trip.
"We come here to remember Those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever." I read this and realized I forgot how shocking this was when it happened. Great place!
Just our luck went and the museum was closed for renovations. Now we know how Clark Griswold felt at Wallyworld. The outside is very impressive. If going through Oklahoma City a must see and remember a terrible time in our history.
Well done! Somber, informative and capturing.
Leaves you feeling and wondering how a community has overcome an overwhelming loss!
We could have spent a lot longer here but only had 1.5 hours as it was an answer to one of our clues on our Amazing Race Family trip out west. We only did the exterior sites but our kids were very interested in the stories behind all of the wreaths and letters outside attached to the fence. We looked at the statue of Jesus weeping, counted the chairs, observed the large memorials that are time stamped and went to see the wall filled with children's prayers and letters. It led to a great conversation about how to handle anger and how our actions can hurt others. I would love to go back and tour the inside as well! Parking could have been tricky but we went on a Sunday.
This was a very emotional stop on our trip, but definitely worth it. It really is beautiful what they did with the memorial. The fence outside is still covered with trinkets, letters, and memories the families bring to remember the loved ones they lost. Really makes you appreciate what you have!
Very riveting important part of our history!! Very clean and interactive.. Went through in around 2 hours could have spent maybe another hour parking was $5...if you are coming through I recommend stopping!!
Very moving memorial grounds. Sad to see the tiny chairs & know those were children. Glad I stopped.
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Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
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