Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and Museum

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Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and Museum Reviews

bluelotus bluelotus
4 reviews
Oklahoma Bombing Memorial and Museum Jun 27, 2016
This site is beautifully memorialized. I do not know how to describe it. The entrance has a time, with the opposite side another time. It stands to represent the minutes passing of the actual bombing. The chairs lay in rows to represent adult and child and where they were located within the building. There is a machine to give you history on the events if you are not aware. At night the chairs illuminate and are a somberly beautiful reminder of a tragic time in American history. The museum itself is good. There is a wall of art made from children around the US who sent in tiles painted of inspiring words after the tragedy. There is also a area for children where you can write in chalk a message to leave your mark. If you are anywhere near OKC this is a must do... There are Rangers there who are so informative and will explain anything you'd like to know. Definitely go to the tree and see the inscriptions and listen to the history. On the wall near the tree is spray paint from the 90's right after the tragedy happened.
Inscription on the wall from Team …
Memorial Tree.
Chairs to represent those killed.
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trinademattei trinadem…
63 reviews
A Sacred Space Aug 24, 2014
The museum and the memorial grounds are a must see for any visitor to OKC. The museum is extremely moving and powerfully designed. All visitors experience the day of the bombing in chronological order. The museum forces you to bear witness and come face to face with the relics of the dead.

Various films are show throughout the museum that recount survivor and rescuer stories. A memorial room for the victims displays their personal story and an artifact donated by their family. The blown up brief cases and charred day care toys are almost too much to bear.

I was on a lay over in Chicago Ohare when the bombing occurred. I remember people crowding around the bar TV sets. The images were surreal and for a moment I thought it was fake.

I remember the aftermath and the search for survivors buried in the rubble. None of these memories became truly real for me until my visit to the bombing memorial.

Once outside the museum take a walk through the beautiful memorial. The exact spot where the building once stood is now a place for peace and reflection. The victims of the bombing become real to you in a way no news report can prepare you for.

Overall, I am richer for the experience and you will be too. Never forget.
We remember.
Each chair represents a victim.
montecarlostar montecar…
326 reviews
Very moving Aug 16, 2013
This is a place that you have to see if you are in Oklahoma City. I have been here many many times, but for some reason I am writing a review only until now.

The memorial is located at the site of the infamous bombings of 1995 that killed many people, including women and children. I have been doing some reading about what motivated the perpetrators of the crime and it seems that they were angry about the government's actions in the events of Ruby Ridge and Waco, which happened during the previous three years.

While I also agree that the government could have acted differently in Waco and Ruby Ridge, I guess none of us can really understand why in some people's minds, it's other innocent people who has to pay. There's always peaceful ways to manifest anger or disagreement.

But anyway, coming back to the site, I always start by the statue of "and Jesus wept", located in the cathedral across the street, which strictly doesn't belong to the memorial itself, but it's also a part of what should be visited. Then, I go across the street and see the wire mesh in which people has left items that belonged to the victims, specially children, which is probably the most moving part of all the memorial.

Then, as you go in, you will admire the reflecting pool, which is both solemn and magnificent, and specially at night with those gloomy lights it gives you the feeling that something very disturbing happened there. There are also many chairs that represent the people killed in the attack.

There is also a museum that I have never visited, maybe next time that I am there.

As I said in the beginning, this is definitively one of the most important landmarks in Oklahoma City and a place that should be visited to remind us that there were some people in this world that didn't have the luck to live as long as we did, and their lives were taken away in the most unjust and absurd way.
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montecarlostar says:
Thank you very much Bill! :D
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013
Zagnut66 says:
Congrats on the feature!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013
montecarlostar says:
Thanks Jeremy! :)
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013
williamsworld williams…
275 reviews
It happened here Feb 20, 2011
The Oklahoma City Memorial is a memorial stop, and one that shouldn’t be missed when in OKC. The Oklahoma City Memorial is a tribute to those who died on April 19, 1995. What was once the Murrah Building is now a reminder of how powerful one devastating event can change so many lives. It isn’t hard to find and is located right across form a post office. Don’t park there or you run the risks of being towed; however, there is a parking garage not to far away. We were here on the weekend, so the post office was closed and we enjoyed the free, right there parking.

There is a museum focused on the events of the day. I didn’t go in because we had a pretty good size group and the admission was about $10, but I heard that it is excellent. You can get a pretty good idea and feeling for the tragedy as you walk around the outside portion of this historical site. Outside of the museum is small wall built out of tiles of art created by children. Some of the tiles, I believe, were sent there by children from around the country. I was told that some of the other tiles were made by the children survivors. In front of the tile wall are chalkboards that are built into the ground so you can leave a message. It was a lot of fun watching the young people enjoying playing and writing on the sidewalk without worries of being in trouble.

Then there is the infamous fence that stood outside the building that became a make shift memorial. Take a few minutes to look at what is hanging here. Some people left scrapbook pages of lost loved ones. For me it became real when I saw on the other side of the west gate a fence that runs along the street. Visitors and relatives have left mementos and notes to acknowledge the destruction of the bombing. One of the saddest things was to see a baby bottle with a note inside tied to the fence with a ribbon. This is called the “children’s playground.”

There is also a reflecting pool where the building stood. This is something that you need to stand in take in because it is so beautiful and peaceful. Next to it is a field of chairs. One hundred and sixty eight chairs are placed in nine rows along the south side of the reflecting pool, representing the 168 lives taken on the nine floors of the building. Nineteen of those chairs are smaller in size to represent the children who were killed.

Seeing a place where so many people died isn't exactly a pleasure sight. However, I went because I wanted to know more about this historic event and I wanted my students, most who weren’t even alive when it happened, to understand that history is right in their backyard.

We entered from the East Gate Entrance and looked across the reflecting pool to the other gate. The gates are large bronze rectangles with smaller rectangles cut out to allow people to enter. Etched on the east gate is 9:01 and on the west, 9:03. The explosion occurred at 9:02 a.m.

On the north side of the pool stands a lone tree, the Survivor Tree. It was the only one to remain standing in the area. Even today some of the surrounding buildings have not been repaired. Only a small part of the Murrah building remains.

It was not a pleasant experience to visit the memorial, but it was nice to pay tribute to those who died, those who lost, and those who fought.
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montecarlostar says:
I've been in this place 3 times. It always gives me shivers. But I agree, it's a must in OKC.
Posted on: Mar 05, 2011
neutrinodeathray neutrino…
10 reviews
Site of the Oklahoma City bombing is now a memorial Mar 15, 2010
Worth a visit (there's an associated museum) and somewhere to reflect.
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bkretzer bkretzer
69 reviews
Must See Jul 15, 2009
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is a must see. Period. If you do nothing else while you are in town you have to take a walk through the museum, which is dedicated to the memory of those who died in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

There are two parts to this remembrance. There is the indoor museum, and the outdoor memorial. As powerful as the outdoor memorial is, with the Empty Chairs (each one representing an empty place for dinner), the Survivors Wall, the Rescuers Orchard, and the now iconic, Survivors Tree) the museum is even more powerful.

The creators of the museum take you on a step by step tour of day of the bombing. You start right at the beginning when April 19th was supposed to be a normal day, and you see a normal day unfolding. You are taken through the chaos and confusion of the blast, the wrought destruction, the heroism of the rescuers and survivors, and then the various stages of aftermath. The interactive areas with the stories of the victims, survivors, and rescuers is moving to the point where my wife had to walk away to prevent her from crying right there in the museum.

The cost is $10 per person. They don’t allow pictures inside, which was the one thing I did not like. But a lot of the things that you would take pictures of, are in the books they sell inside the gift shop. If this is a marketing strategy, I don’t like it. But, the proceeds do go to the upkeep of the museum, which is not publicly funded. I would say go and “enjoy” the museum, but after touring it, “experience” is the better word.
The Museum
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vulindlela says:
I really hope to see this someday....
Posted on: Sep 20, 2009
LaceyTyre LaceyTyre
18 reviews
OKC Bombing Memorial Aug 02, 2008
The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial was incredible. It was a very touching and emotional experience. I took my 14 year old sister who was only a year old when the bombing happened and what an experience for her! It went though from the minute right before the bombing to the minute right after. It had touching stories from survivors and even stories from the family members of the deceased. It went through and explained the trial and how law enforcement tried to find evidence.

The outside grounds are free to walk around and to walk through the museum is around $10 per person.
Memorial Fence.
Zusie in front of the memorial.
Each chair represents a life lost …
The water is where the road used t…
Shelissa Shelissa
6 reviews
May 25, 2006
This was a life changing experience. I remember seeing the news coverage of the bombing. It didn't seem to affect me much then but visiting the memorial and museum made me see how much it did affect the people in this midwestern city. I was shocked to learn just how many children were hurt and killed in this tragedy.

The museum is organized very well and takes you through the day of the bombing and the weeks after. Most memorable are the baby shoes and pictures on display of little one's who lost their lives that day.
I love the survivor tree.
And Jesus wept...with his back tur…
each chair represents a person. th…
kensac says:
I agree with your comments. It is a very moving experience.
Posted on: Sep 23, 2007
travelman727 says:
Great blog and captivating comment. In the shadow of Virginia Tech's senseless shootings, we must remember that life is unpredictable and that we should stand up for principles and people that we care about :-D
Posted on: Apr 20, 2007
OkieCowgirl79 says:
You know, for most Americans, Aril 19th will be Thrusday. It may be soccer pracice, ballet or whatever. For me, and many other Oklahomans it will be an anniversary that we would rather not have. I can't believe that t has been 12 year. It certainly does not seem like it. I now have three beutiful boys. W will soon make their first visit to the memorial, where they will hear or the first time why so many times mama has cried when she tucked them into bed. Why, when I see a Ryder truck, I get so tense, why I can cry - like now for the babies that were neber allowed the opportuity to play baseball, learn karate or do all the things that my boys can take for granted. But, they will also hear the wonderful tales of heroism. They wil know why their Uncle Jimmy is my greatest hero. And why he, and all the other firefighters, police, emts and emergency responders are on the top of the list when we talk about heres. Sure, OKlahoma City is a beaultiful place to visit. No just the beautiful gardens, the gorgeous land, the blue skies... but the most important thing in Oklahoma... the hearts of gold, the kindness, the generosity and the feeling that you are HOME.
Posted on: Apr 17, 2007

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