Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
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.®
One of the city’s most notable destinations, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum stands as a celebrated example of a living monument to honor those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever by the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The Memorial & Museum are dedicated to educating visitors about the impact of violence, informing about events surrounding the bombing, and inspiring hope and healing through lessons learned by those affected. Guests will be one of the millions of visitors from across the world forever changed by what they see and learn here.
The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial includes the Field of Empty Chairs with each chair honoring one of the 168 people who were killed, the monumental bronze-clad Gates of Time, a shallow 318 foot long reflecting pool, the promontory and Survivor Tree, Rescuers Orchard and a special area for children. The Memorial Grounds are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The 24,000 sq ft interactive learning Memorial Museum tells the story of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Visitors to the museum hear the only-known recording of the explosion, see the chaos and devastation immediately following the bombing and learn from family members of those killed, survivors, and rescuers, in their own words, about recovery and rebuilding. Powerful video programs, moving oral histories, bomb-damaged artifacts and touching stories all combine to create a powerful and unforgettable experience.