In the months after the bombing, then-Mayor Ron Norick commissioned a 350-person task force to explore ways to remember those who had died in the horrific terrorist act. Visitors will be taken on a powerful chronological tour of the complete story, including a background on terrorism, a history of the site, an audio recording of the blast, and a look at the chaos that ensued. As grim as the experience can be, the museum concludes with an uplifting showcase of hope that explores rebuilding efforts and the city coming together in support. The museum also includes a classroom and children's area for younger museumgoers.
Reliant Stadium’s titanic venue, home to the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, covers 125,000 square feet of sporting ground. The facility is the first in NFL history to have a retractable roof, which sightseers can view from the field during public gridiron tours. While strolling across Reliant’s stadium floor, fans can relive their favorite memories of Super Bowl XXXVIII, or search every nook and cranny for John Madden’s lost bus keys.
Aesthetes and anthropologists can devour an eyeful of wide-ranging cultural artifacts and extensive fine art collections at the Mabee-Gerrer. The permanent collection of Egyptian art claims Oklahoma's only mummy that's not living, and the antiquities section features sculpture and pottery from ancient Greece, China, and Mesopotamia. Visitors can also set their sights on a broad sweep of American works, including timeworn Aztec textiles housed in the Arts of Ancient America collection, present-day paintings by Oklahoma artists in the Contemporary Art section, and the unpainted canvases hanging in the museum's 23rd-century collection.
A community-built science-and-art museum, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse entertains young minds and inspires creative thought with numerous educational exhibits. As it pays tribute to the famed artist, musician, architect, inventor, engineer, botanist, and Tony-winning choreographer Leonardo da Vinci, the discovery warehouse offers a balance of art, biology, and engineering stations to stimulate both sides of the developing brain. Kids can explore a rainforest environment and meet live animals, strap into a space-shuttle flight simulator, dig for ancient fossils in an excavation pit, and create masterpieces in an arts-and-crafts studio. Directly outside of the museum is Adventure Quest, a three-story wooden castle filled with imagination-fueling bridges, slides, mazes, and swings.
The Gaylord-Pickens Museum focuses on the history of Oklahoma and the people who have shaped it. Permanent exhibits offer interactive touch screens to explore the stories of Oklahomans who have contributed to the state's rich heritage. The ONEOK exhibit allows individuals or small groups to record their own memories and experiences in a glass box, which they can send to themselves as an electronic letter. Today's Groupon also gives access to the special exhibits, currently featuring The Passionate Lenses of Yousef Khanfar, which displays a collection of photography from Yousef Khanfar's 30-year career.
OK CityScape structures toy-brick recreations of the Oklahoma City skyline, with landmark buildings such as Devon Tower and the Oklahoma City National Memorial. This year, the exhibition centers around the theme “UltraGalatic MegaFantastic,” featuring lasers, spaceships, and actual aliens escorted by Starfleet-trained veterinarians. A play area entertains little ones every day, and a Friday night story time features a different story with a guest storyteller each week. OK CityScape keeps its doors open seven days a week, much to the chagrin of professional door-closers.