P.O. Box 676
Oklahoma City, OK
This is a necessary
stop when traveling through Oklahoma City, even if it is not a
picnic spot. Interstates 35, 40, and 44 intersect in Oklahoma City.
From Interstate 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
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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
The Gates of
Time: Monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction -
9:02 - and mark the formal entrances to the Memorial.
Pool: Gently flowing water soothing wounds with calming sounds
and providing a peaceful setting for quiet thoughts.
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.
Orchard: A grove of fruit and flowering trees surrounds and
protects the Survivor's Tree.
Tree:" A 70 year old American Elm bears witness to the
violence of April 19 and now stands as a profound symbol of
Fence: Originally installed to protect the sacred site, the
Memorial Fence continues to display items left by visitors,
which are dedicated to all involved.
Memorial Center and the Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism
are the other two components. The Memorial Center 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
The Memorial is
accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rangers are on site to
provide information from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily
(Spring/Summer) and from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Fall/Winter).
Rangers will not be available on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New