The Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum is an interactive learning museum that tells the story of the Oklahoma City bombing that occurred on April 19th, 1995. Located in the former Journal Record Building, the Memorial Museum is part of the building that withstood the attack.


On April 19th, 1995, the Murrah Building was bombed in a domestic terrorist attack in Oklahoma City. Within hours of the attack, citizens of Oklahoma City began creating a makeshift memorial around the perimeter of the site, leaving tokens on the fence that had been erected to protect the site of the bombing.

Mayor Ron Norick selected a team of 350 people within months of the attack to create a memorial where the Murrah Building had once stood and find a way to honor the 168 residents of Oklahoma who had perished in the bombing. The Task Force came up with a plan to create an outdoor symbolic memorial on the site of the bombing where the Murrah Building had stood along NW Fifth Avenue and the Memorial Museum. The Oklahoma City National Memorial was founded in September 1996 as a nonprofit organization and an international design competition commenced to develop the architecture for the buildings. The Memorial Museum was designed by Butzer Design Partnership and the outdoor memorial was created by Hans and Torrey Butzer with Sven Berg.

The Outdoor Memorial opened to the public, and remains free of charge, on April 19th, 2000. The Memorial Museum was dedicated on Presidents Day, 2001 and does require admission.

Outdoor Symbolic Memorial

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial was designed by Butzer Design Partnership and honors the victims, survivors, and all those impacted by the events of April 19th, 1995. The memorial encompasses the soil where the Murrah Building once stood.

The design for this memorial was chosen from a contest that included 624 other entries. The memorial is meant to be a place of quiet reflection where visitors are encouraged to download the Memorial App and listen to video or audio tours.

Memorial Museum

The Oklahoma City Memorial Museum is an interactive experience for visitors that chronicles the history of the days, weeks and years that followed the events of April 19th, 1995 when a domestic terrorist bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people.

Chapter 1 A Day Like Any Other- An Orientation to the museum and memorial site.

Chapter 2 History of the Site- Explore the history surrounding the Murrah building neighborhood.

Chapter 3A A Hearing- Visitors can hear a recording of a meeting from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board meeting that occurred on the day of the bombing just across the street from the Murrah Building.

Chapter 3B- Confusion- Watch Helicopter Footage of the aftermath of the bombing taken by new stations at 9:13am

Chapter 4A- Chaos- This exhibit holds artifacts in enclosed cases, murals and interactive kiosks where visitors can experience the first few minutes that erupted in chaos following the attack.

Chapter 4B Survivor Experiences- The First 1.5 hours after the bombing where survivors are interviewed and giving eye witness testimonies in their own words.

Chapter 5A World Reaction- The frenzy of media stories that were shown around the world in the aftermath of the bombing.

Chapter 5B Rescue and Recover- The true stories as told by survivors that were trapped in the ruble, rescue workers who were on scene, volunteers, and medical staff that worked on victims, as well as the detectives and federal investigators who uncovered critical evidence.

Chapter 6- Watching and Waiting- Visitors to this exhibit will experience the impact that the world efforts had on rescue and recovery operations.

Chapter 7A- Gallery of Honor- This gallery honors the 168 victims of the bombing in a display of photographs and artifacts that families have chosen to display in memorial of their loved ones. Visitors can read personal stories of the victims through interactive kiosks.

Chapter 8 Impact and Healing- Hear testimonies from family and friends of the victims and how this tragedy and loss has impacted their lives. Learn about how the bombing impacted the OKC community and country, new legislation that was passed in the wake of the attack, and other movements inspired by the loss.

Chapter 9 Investigation and Justice- This exhibit follows the key pieces of evidence that lead to the trial, built the case against, and lead to the conviction of the OKC bomber.

Chapter 10 Responsibility and Hope- This overlook is a place of reflection, offering views of the memorial grounds and Oklahoma City.

620 N Harvey Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, website, Phone: 405-235-3313

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