The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is open for business despite the government shutdown. The Memorial and Museum was built and is owned and operated by a private non-profit 501(c)3 foundation. This national treasure depends solely on admissions, Museum Store sales, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, other private fund-raising efforts and earnings from an endowment to cover annual operational cost. The Foundation receives no annual operating monies from the city, state or federal governments.
“Ironically it was the last government shutdown in 1995-96 that caused our governing body to look at maintaining private ownership of this special place and not leave it to others to determine whether or not we could be open for the public to learn the senselessness of violence and the tenderness of the response to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995,” said Kari Watkins, Executive Director. “This has allowed us to maintain the Memorial and Museum to a standard set very high by our community and we are proud of the structure we have maintained.”
The Memorial usually does have National Park Service rangers interpreting the symbolic meaning of the outdoor Memorial through a cooperative partnership. However, in their absence, Memorial staff and volunteers will meet tour and school groups and help visitors daily. Visitors can also use the Cell Phone Tour throughout the Memorial site, DIAL 405.445.4792 and follow the prompts or download our Walking Tour Podcast for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial by touring the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial with Memorial designers Hans and Torrey Butzer. Learn about the symbolism of the site and hear the powerful story of the Memorial. The podcast is available in video and audio formats and can be downloaded at www.OklahomaCityNationalMemorial.org.
The Memorial is open 24 hours a day and the Memorial Museum is open from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday andnoon-6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The last ticket is sold daily at 5:00 p.m.