The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was created 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 in Oklahoma City. 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.
President William J. Clinton dedicated the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial on April 19, 2000, the fifth anniversary of the Oklahoma City terrorist attack. Since its opening nine years ago, more than 4.4 million visitors have toured the historic site.
President George W. Bush dedicated the Memorial Museum on February 19, 2001. Since its opening, more than 1.6 million visitors have toured the Museum to learn the story of April 19, 1995, and how chaos was transformed into hope and unity in the response to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
The budget to build the three-component Memorial (and seed the endowment) was $29.1 million . This money raised included more than $17 million in private funds, $5 million federal dollars and more than $7 million in state funds.
Each month, the Memorial & Museum draw visitors from all 50 U.S. states and and 32 foreign countries.
Although the Oklahoma City National Memorial is an affiliate of the National Park System, it is owned, operated and maintained by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum does not receive any annual operating funds from the federal, state or local government. Museum admissions, store sales, the OKC Memorial Marathon, earnings from an endowment and private fundraising allow the Memorial and Museum to be self-sustaining.
The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and charges no admission. The Memorial Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00-6:00 p.m.
The last ticket is sold at 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission prices are $10.00-adults, $8.00-seniors (62+), $8.00-Military w/valid ID, and $8.00 for students (age 6 through college w/valid ID). The price of admission covers the cost of visiting the Special Exhibit. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The Memorial’s top two priorities are remembrance and education.
- History and Mission
- The Numbers
- About Judge Alfred P. Murrah
- A Place of Hope and Memories
- Symbols of Hope
- Construction Elements
- Survivor Tree