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“Very Moving Memorial”

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
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Owner description: The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum stands as a symbol of strength in the wake of unspeakable violence. Visit the Memorial Museum to experience the brutality of the Oklahoma City bombing, and the tenderness of the response. Share our dream of a world without violence and terrorism.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

A very well planned and executed memorial to a tragic event. As sad as it makes one feel, there is defintitely a feeling of hope and healing present.

Thank skconsulting
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We decided to go to the site because we were in Oklahoma City for a concert and decided it was something to do while we were there. Initially we went to the site's overlook, which is an elevated area that overlooks the memorial chairs, reflecting pool and grounds.

We walked around to the back side of the site, which is where the chain link fence is located. The fence is a place where personal memorials are placed (stuffed animals, pictures of victims, and other mementos). It's a solemn place where people have poured their hearts out in notes, cards, and such.

We then decided that we would pay the $12 for the museum and tour. I can simply say that this tour is way worth more than the $12 that we paid. This tour makes you feel like you were there on April 19, 1995. The artifacts there such as the glasses, keys, and shoes of victims are heartbreaking, but you feel the reality of the day and what happened there.

The ability for them to have obtained the items that they have (even parts of the Ryder truck) that were used as evidence at the trials of Timothy McVey and Terry Nichols even brought a tear to my eye, because people and small children died as a result of this vehicle.

I must say that the most touching area of the tour is the area in which there are pictures of each of the victims and some have a personal item in the case. I was unable to look at more than just a few, because it is so sad.

There is also a room in the museum (it is located in the building that was next to the Murrah Federal Building), that was destroyed as a result of the bombing. It stands encased in glass as it was after the events of the day.

Finally, we made our way to the grounds. On each end of the grounds is a time 9:01, the minute when all was fine with the world. And on the other end 9:03, the moment that the aftermath and healing began.

The area where the chairs are located is a very solemn place, as there is a chair to represent each person that perished as a result of the bombing. There are also five people that didn't die in the building, but while helping or on the street.

I found one of the best areas to be that of the Survivor Tree, which is now the symbol for the site. It was a tree on the grounds of the original site that survived the bombing and now how seedlings that came from this beautiful oak tree located all across the country.

This is definitely a place that those that are within driving distance should take. It is a good experience for the whole family. A MUST SEE!!!

Thank Ebonidimplz
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were told at the RV Park to make sure we visit this Memorial, it was a heavy heart we did go there. It was done very well. It is a great tribute to the 168 people who passed there. Very educational and a must see if you are visiting Oklahoma City. We took the trolly there after parking at Bass Pro Shop, good way to get around.

Thank olivia h
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Wonderful place to spend the day. The museum is very good although you pay $15 per person and if you have a large family it may be costly.

Thank Nem-boricua
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a must see when in Oklahoma City. It is beautiful in design and a sacred place to pay one's respects to all who perished and to the city that created this wonderful place.

Thank rico964
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