The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is in downtown Oklahoma City at the location where Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols took so many lives back on April 19, 1995. This is an amazing tribute to the lives that were lost so many years ago. I remember being in high school at the time and my heart breaking for the families. Now many years later, I have visited the memorial and taken my children along so that they can understand the history of this event.
When you first arrive, there is a lot of stuff outside that you can enjoy looking at here. One thing is the reflecting pool. It is gorgeous. There are 168 chairs lined up on the lawn outside which are one for each life that was lost on that sad day. They are placed in nine rows which is how many floors where on the building. I have posted some pictures from our day in the outside part. The outside area is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. It also has a fence where people have left teddy bears and other things in remembrance of the people who died here.
Inside there is a wonderful museum full of things from the building. It is open on Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:00 pm -6:00 pm. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day every year. You can listen to an audio of the blast when it occurred. There are personal items and things that were found in the building. Many have damage and a few are still in good condition. There is a lot of media stuff such as newspaper clippings from when it happened.
This is worth making a stop at while you are visiting Oklahoma. You will get a chance to reflect on what happened and hear stories of survivors. Do not miss out on this museum.