Oklahoma City National Memorial

Overview

Oklahoma City 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 be visited: The Gates of Time: Monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction - 9:02 - and mark the formal entrances to the Memorial. Reflecting Pool: Gently flowing water soothing wounds with calming sounds and providing a peaceful setting for quiet thoughts. Children's 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. Rescuers' Orchard: A grove of fruit and flowering trees surrounds and protects the Survivor's Tree. The "Survivor Tree:" A 70 year old American Elm bears witness to the violence of April 19 and now stands as a profound symbol of human resilience. The Memorial Fence: Originally installed to protect the sacred site, the Memorial Fence continues to display items left by visitors, which are dedicated to all involved. The National Memorial Center and the Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism are the other two components. Allow at least one hour and a half to visit the site, ask questions, and attend any ranger talks offered.

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Seasonality / Weather

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 Year's Day.

Directions

Driving: 

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 Memorial.

FROM SOUTH OF I-40 (Dallas, Norman)
•Take I-235 North to Harrison Avenue. You will see a brown sign that reads "Oklahoma City National Memorial Next Exit."
•Exit and turn right on 6th Street.
•Follow 6th Street to Harvey. The Memorial is on the southeast corner - 620 N. Harvey.

FROM THE WEST (Amarillo, I-40 & Meridian Hotel Area or Airport)
•Take I-40 East to the Walker Exit.
•Exit Walker and turn left.
•Go North on Walker to NW 4th Street
•Turn right on 4th Street go two blocks to Harvey.
•Turn left on Harvey Memorial is on right.

FROM THE EAST (Arkansas, Tinker Air Force Base, Muskogee, Lake Area)
•Follow I-40 West to I-235 North.
•Take I-235 North to the 3rd exit, Harrison Avenue. You will see a brown sign that reads "Oklahoma City National Memorial Next Exit."
•Exit and turn right onto 6th Street.
•Follow 6th Street to Harvey. The Memorial is on the southeast corner - 620 N. Harvey.

FROM THE NORTH (Wichita, Guthrie)
•Take I-35 South to I-44 West.
•Take I-44 West to I-235 South.
•Follow I-235 to 6th Street Exit. You will see a brown sign that reads "Oklahoma City National Memorial Next Exit."
•Exit and turn right. Follow 6th Street to Harvey. The Memorial is on the southeast corner - 620 N. Harvey.

FROM TULSA (I-44 E, Turner Turnpike)
•Exit the Turnpike in the far left lane, where the Turnpike I-44 merges with I-35.
•Continue south to I-44 West.
•Take I-44 West to I-235 South.
•Follow I-235 South to 6th Street exit. You will see a brown sign that reads "Oklahoma City National Memorial Next Exit."
•Exit and follow 6th Street to Harvey. The Memorial is on the southeast corner - 620 N. Harvey.

FROM I-44 West (H.E. Bailey Turnpike, Lawton, Ft. Sill)
•Follow I-44 East to I-40 East
•Take I-40 East to the Walker exit and turn left.
•Go north on Walker to 5th Street.
•Turn right on 5th Street go 2 blocks to Harvey.

Flying: 

Nearby Will Rogers World Airport is served by seven major airlines.