For $10, today's Groupon gets you two general-admission adult tickets (a $20 value) to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, just in time for the 15-year anniversary of the April 19, 1995, bombing. Located at 620 North Harvey Avenue, the museum is a 30,000-square-foot interactive memorial that pays tribute to the 168 Oklahomans who died there, as well as all the lives that were impacted by that fateful day. While the outdoor symbolic memorial is open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the admission fee to the Memorial Museum helps provide operational funding.
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.
Whereas newspaper stories and television broadcasts can deliver the facts, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum lets you experience an in-depth multisensory exploration of the worst act of domestic terrorism in the nation's history. The Memorial Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- If you visit Oklahoma City, or even if you just pass through, you must take the time to visit this National Memorial. I can't begin to explain how thoughtfully something so tragic had been translated into something so beautiful. Instead of evoking anger, the Memorial seems, to me, to evoke something more akin to grace. It will forever change the way you think of the city and its people. – tv75075, TripAdvisor