When many people hear "Oklahoma City," one of the first things that comes to mind is a heartbreaking chapter in our city's story – the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.
The devastating impact of that day transformed our city and its people, and 2020 marks its 25th anniversary. From destruction and despair emerged a community steeped in altruism and an organization dedicated to honoring those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever.
About the Memorial & Museum
A Top 25 Museum in the U.S., the top destination in Oklahoma and a Travelers’ Choice Award winner multiple years in a row on TripAdvisor, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum tells the story of April 19, 1995, its impact and the resolve, hope and community spirit that followed.
Within the halls of the Memorial Museum– a building that withstood the bombing – are artifacts, interactive displays and videos that lend themselves to a self-guided tour that visitors can take to learn about the events of that day, the people affected, the investigation and the overall resiliency of hope. In 2020, the Memorial Store will have new items commemorating the 25th anniversary year and the Memorial's Looking Back | Thinking Forward campaign.
Adjacent to the museum is the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial. Where the Murrah Building once stood are now symbolic elements honoring all who were touched directly or indirectly by the bombing, including the Field of Empty Chairs, the Survivor Tree, Survivor Wall, Reflecting Pool, Rescuers' Orchard, Children's Area and Gates of Time.
From specially commissioned musical performances to the 20th anniversary of Oklahoma City's signature event, the Memorial Marathon, various commemorative events will dot the 2020 calendar. On each of the 168 days leading up to April 19, 2020, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will deliver a special tribute for the 168 lives lost as well as the survivors and those who rushed to help.