Oklahoma City Museum of Art#7 in Best Things To Do in Oklahoma City
According to recent visitors, a stop at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is a must if you're a fan of artist Dale Chihuly. That's because this museum houses one of the largest collections of Chihuly glass in the world. The crown jewel of its collection, the Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower, isn't hard to miss – the 55-foot piece is on display in the museum's atrium. Along with its Chihuly collection, the museum boasts paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Renoir and Gustave Courbet, among others.
Recent visitors were impressed with the museum's Chihuly collection, though they do concede that the museum is small. Reviewers also appreciated the on-site theater and cafe, which offers daily lunch, dinner and tea service, as well as Sunday brunch.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in downtown OKC, on Couch Drive. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 9 p.m. On Sunday, it welcomes visitors from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for youths between the ages of 6 and 18. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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April 19, 1995, was one of those days in America's history when time stopped. A bomb decimated the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m., killing 168 people including 19 children in its blast. This museum and memorial were raised in honor of the people affected by the domestic terrorist attack. The museum offers visitors a chronological self-guided and interactive tour separated into 10 chapters, starting with the history of the site all the way through the bombing's lasting impact and what it means for our country's future. Along the way, you'll see archived news footage, hear survivors (and surviving family members) tell their stories, and see artifacts recovered from the event, including Timothy McVeigh’s getaway car.
Outside the museum, you'll find a memorial honoring the victims, survivors and rescuers sitting on the grounds where the building once stood. There are many features to the outdoor memorial, but the Field of Empty Chairs is perhaps the most moving, according to recent visitors. Located on the footprint of the Murrah Building are 168 chairs made to represent all the lives lost that day. Each chair details the name of a person, as well as the floor they were on. There are 19 small chairs to represent the children who perished in the bombing.
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