Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 47

THE SOUTHWEST

OKLAHOMA
Find Hope at the
Oklahoma City National
Memorial & Museum

T

he Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum tells the deeply personal stories of
the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and Oklahoma
City's recovery from it. It was the largest act of homegrown terrorism on American soil.
Audiences engage with interactives, videos, exhibits, and programs that humanize the
story by involving those who were impacted and keeping the story relevant.
The memorial museum takes you on a chronological, self-guided tour through the
story-the days, weeks, and years that followed the Oklahoma City bombing. It tracks the
remarkable journey of loss, resilience, justice, and hope. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial
encompasses the now-sacred soil where the Murrah Building once stood, as well as the
surrounding area devastated by the attack. It is a place of quiet reflection, honoring the
victims, survivors, first responders, and all whose lives were changed forever.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum offers unique group-only opportunities, such as "Between the Gates of Time," a tour with a National Park Ranger that
highlights the symbolism of the outdoor memorial. Experience the "First Person: Stories
of Hope" program to hear from people directly impacted by the bombing, whose remarkable stories evoke feelings of compassion, hope, and inspiration to live our lives more
meaningfully. An archivist takes visitors behind the scenes at the storage and preservation
facility of the memorial and tells the history of some of the more than 1 million artifacts
collected. Each of these group-only options are available by reservation only, at no additional charge.
■ Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
(405) 235-3005

| www.memorialmuseum.com,

OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL & MUSEUM; GATHERING PLACE:
© 2018 GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION; VISIT TULSA.

TULSA OFFERS ART,
HISTORY OF THE SOUTHWEST
Tulsa has one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture in the world, third after
only New York City and Miami. These Deco buildings were built with oil money in the
1920s and 1930s, with examples all over Tulsa-especially downtown. Adding to the
uniqueness of these buildings, there is a tunnel that runs beneath the downtown built for
safe passage from skyscrapers to the bank.
Tulsa was the home of Cyrus Avery, the head of the commission that named Route 66,
with Oklahoma having the longest drivable miles on this route. As a result, Tulsa has a
long stretch of the iconic highway through the city. There are quirky photo ops as well as
restaurants along the route, where visitors can take part in the past.
Coming in fall 2018, A Gathering Place for Tulsa is an urban park that received the largest private donation to a public park in U.S. history-an endowment that will ensure programming and maintenance of the structures, playground areas, and grounds will never
be a burden on the city. According to the website, this location will "significantly enhance
the River Parks by connecting three adjacent waterfront parcels to the existing system,
creating a broad and active civic commons where people of all ages and backgrounds can
experience something new, visit after visit."
For more activities, entertainment, and ideas for a visit to Tulsa, contact the Tulsa
Convention & Visitors Bureau.
■ Tulsa Convention & Visitors Bureau

Oklahoma
City National
Memorial &
Museum.

A Gathering
Place is Tulsa's
new urban park.

The sculpture
at Cyrus Avery
Plaza features
the "father of
Route 66."

| www.visittulsa.com, (918) 560-0229

MAY-JUNE 2018

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