Oklahoma City National Memorial

Planning Your Visit

It is recommended that you allow at least 1 hour for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and approximately 2 hours for the Memorial Museum. Please remember that pets are not allowed on the Memorial Grounds or in the museum. Taking pictures is allowed on the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, but are prohibited in the Memorial Museum. Please be aware of extreme weather conditions and prepare accordingly. Drinking adequate amounts of water in the summer and wearing layered clothing in the winter is recommended. For younger visitors, Junior Ranger and other programs are available. Ask for a National Park Service Ranger on-site to obtain details.

Directions

Interstates 35, 40 and 44 intersect in Oklahoma City. From Interstates 40 take Interstate 235 North, exit Harrison Avenue, which merges into Sixth Street. From Sixth Street, the site is located between Robinson and Harvey Streets on the east and west, and between Sixth and Fourth Streets on the north and south. Parking meters and several pay lots and garages are located around the Memorial.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Memorial grounds are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rangers are on-site daily from 9:00a.m.-5:30p.m. and on-site from 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to provide information from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day. Rangers will not be available on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Days.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum is open 7 days a week between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday with ticket sales stopping one hour prior to closing.

Fees & Reservations

Memorial Museum-Adult

Fees: $10.00

Details:
The Oklahoma City National Memorial is an affiliate of the National Park System, owned and operated by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. The Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation does not receive any annual federal or state appropriations. The Memorial Museum is not a fee station under the National Park System and does not sell or honor Golden Eagle, Golden Age or Golden Access Passports.  However, the National Park Service, located in the new federal building across the street sells the Annual, Access and Senior Passes.  For more information, you may call 405/609-8855.

Tickets are sold until one hour prior to closing (5:00 p.m.) Groups may schedule in advance for special group pricing. For more information, please call the Memorial Group Reservation Coordinator, Monday - Friday, at 405-235-3313, ext. 222.

Memorial Museum-Child (5 years and under)

Fees: Free!

Memorial Museum-Senior

Fees: $8.00

Memorial Museum-Student

Fees: $6.00

Details:
(6-17, or college students with valid ID)

Group Rates Available

OUTDOOR SYMBOLIC MEMORIAL

Fees: Free!

Details:
There are no fees to visit the OUTDOOR SYMBOLIC MEMORIAL.

Accessibility

ADA approved restrooms and trails are accessible for those in wheelchairs. Best site access points are off Harvey Street, on the west side of the Memorial. There is ADA approved parking off of Sixth Street near Harvey at the NW corner of the Memorial.



 

Weather

The average annual temperature is 60 degrees with an average rainfall of 33.36 inches and an average snowfall of 9 inches per year. Coldest months are January thru March and the the hottest month are July and August, with high humidity as well.

Public Transportation

Plane: Will Rogers World Airport is served by seven major airlines.

Railroads: Amtrak Heartland Flyer.

Bus Service: Greyhound, Trailways, and M.K.&0.

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.