Oklahoma City National Memorial

At A Glance

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.

 

Oklahoma City National Memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995. The outdoor Symbolic Memorial, which consists of the following segments on 3.3 acres, can be visited:

  • The Gates of Time: Monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction - 9:02 - and mark the formal entrances to the Memorial.
  • The Reflecting Pool: Gently flowing water soothe wounds with calming sounds and providing a peaceful setting for quiet thoughts.
  • Field of Empty Chairs: The 168 chairs stands as a poignant reminder of each life lost, articulated as the absence felt by family members and friends.
  • Children's Area: A wall of hand-painted tiles painted by children sent to Oklahoma City in 1995 and a series of chalkboards creates an opportunity for children to share their feelings.
  • Rescuers' Orchard: A grove of fruit and flowering trees surrounds and protects the Survivor's Tree.
  • The "Survivor Tree:" A 90 year old American Elm bears witness to the violence of April 19 and now stands as a profound symbol of human resilience.
  • The Memorial Fence: Originally installed to protect the sacred site, the Memorial Fence continues to display items left by visitors, which are dedicated to all involved.
  • The National Memorial Museum: The Memorial Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. The Museum Center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.
  • The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism:    For more information about MIPT and it's Terrorism Flag, please visit their website at www.mipt.org or call (405)278-6300.