The Memorial Museum takes visitors on a chronological, self-guided tour through the story of April 19, 1995, and the days, weeks, months and years that followed the bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
This is the story of one of the largest terrorist attacks on American soil. The story is told in chapters, and takes visitors through this historical event beginning early morning April 19, 1995, and ending with a message of hope for today.
CHAPTER 1 - BACKGROUND ON TERRORISM
Databases and personal accounts show visitors the perception and reality of terrorism in the United States in the decade leading to the Oklahoma City bombing.
CHAPTER 2 - HISTORY OF THE SITE
Graphics, models and photos provide a feel for the building, the surroundings and the agencies in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
CHAPTER 3A - THE HEARING
The impact of the explosion is heard and felt through the only known audio recording of the blast.
CHAPTER 3B - CONFUSION
Leaving Chapter 3A, visitors can see and feel for themselves the confusion of the first minutes following the blast.
CHAPTER 4A - CHAOS
Damaged furnishings and pieces from buildings, personal items, as well as the sounds of police and emergency radios give visitors the feeling of chaos many experienced moments after the bombing.
CHAPTER 4B - SURVIVOR EXPERIENCES
Video and interactive computer stations offer a look at what survivors and others experienced in the first hours after the explosion.
INVESTIGATION STORY: THE FIRST HOURS
Photos, graphics and narrative show how the investigation began.
CHAPTER 5A - WORLD REACTION
Visitors see how the media around the world reported the first bulletins and special reports on April 19, 1995.
CHAPTER 5B - RESCUE AND RECOVERY
Video and artifacts lead visitors through the incident from the perspective of the rescuers.
INVESTIGATION STORY: THE FIRST DAYS
Investigators continue gathering evidence and tracking suspects. Visitors can see key pieces of evidence leading to the perpetrators.
CHAPTER 6 - WATCHING AND WAITING
Interviews, video footage and photos show the first few weeks, the work of the rescuers and the waiting of the families.
CHAPTER 7A - GALLERY OF HONOR
Tributes to the 168 who were killed are featured along with photos of each in this breathtaking gallery.
CHAPTER 7B - FUNERALS AND MOURNING
Excerpts from memorials and funerals, faith tradition and comfort from friends and strangers mark the weeks following the bombing.
INVESTIGATION STORY: THE FIRST YEAR
Front-page headlines from throughout the first year give visitors a sense of the complexity of impending trials.
CHAPTER 8 - IMPACT
Visitors can see the healing in progress, as well as the beginning of the Memorial process. Videos also highlight the determination and resourcefulness of survivors and families in affecting change in government.
CHAPTER 9 - BEHIND THE SCENE: THE OK BOMB INVESTIGATION
The crime scene investigation unfolds as pieces of evidence used to convict the perpetrators of the crime show visitors the intricate work that led to the arrests.
CHAPTER 10 - HOPE
See how the community has rebuilt since that fateful day through images and anniversaries.
Origami Cranes show the hope that was displayed after the bombing, and the positive thoughts of people around the world that better tomorrows emerge from the experience and resilience of this community.
CHILDREN'S AREA & CLASSROOM
This space is designed to teach children about the impact of violence. Videos of helpers give children greater understanding of the positive effect heroes of all kinds had on the lives they touched that day.
Visitors of all ages can Draw What You Feel and send artwork home via e-mail.
SPECIAL EXHIBIT GALLERY
Special exhibits relating to the Memorial's Mission rotate through this area on a semi-annual basis.
Current Exhibit - Reporting Terrorism
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