It tells the story of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building April 19, 1995. The bombing killed 168 people, including 19 children in the building’s day care center.
The museum has a large outdoor area that sets the stage before entering the museum itself. There are tributes to the victims, interviews with survivors, and coverage of the investigation, capture and trial of terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, and exhibits about the creation of the museum.
The museum uses many different visual techniques to tell the story, including the outdoor area’s reflection pool, Field of Chairs, Survivor’s Tree, and more. The visuals continue inside with a recreation of the wreckage, actual exhibits of personal belongings found in the blast, photos, and videos.
The museum is part of the National Park Service. It is tastefully done and is definitely worth a visit. Allow plenty of time to walk around the outdoor area, view the many exhibits, read displays, and watch video coverage. The museum is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
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