Built on the site of the bombed Murrah Federal Building, the Oklahoma City National Memorial is truly the heart of Oklahoma City. The 1995 bombing shocked the nation, but the local community rallied to recover and to reclaim the spot. Opened in 2000, the 3.3-acre site encompasses the actual memorial and the museum, as well as a children’s garden and reflecting pool. The focal point of the memorial is the Field of Empty Chairs: 168 glass and concrete chairs, each representing one victim of the blast, arranged in nine rows, marking the nine floors of the building. Each chair bears the name of a victim, and the chairs for the 19 children killed are smaller than the rest. The museum allows visitors to take a self-guided tour of the events of April 19, 1995, and includes audio tape of the bombing. Fair warning, though: While the memorial itself is appropriate for kids, the museum can be a bit much for the younger set.
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