OKC National Memorial and Museum unveils progress on multi-million dollar upgrades

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OKLAHOMA CITY -  The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is getting a makeover to the tune of $8 million, and some of the upgrades will be unveiled to the public soon.

Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project will open soon that include upgrades to the Museum.

There are new artifacts and evidence about the Murrah Federal Building bombing, such as the car Timothy McVeigh was driving when he was pulled over and arrested.

"People get to see what happened from beginning to end," said OKC National Memorial Foundation Board Chair, Susan Winchester.

Part of the enhancements include detailed information on the investigation.

Hundreds of oral testimonies, along with the addition of new artifact collections, are included throughout the Museum.

"We've added an enormous amount of interactive where you can follow the trail of evidence in an interactive way," said Museum Executive Director Kari Watkins.

There’s even a place to help kids understand the tragic incident with technology, questions and visuals, like McVeigh’s getaway car.

"The car is creepy. It's not meant to glorify McVeigh in any way. It's meant to show the madness of his mindset," said Watkins.

One of the highlights of this phase is the Memorial overlook.

A 40 foot glass overlook in the last chapter of the Museum with a magnificent view of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and a city skyline that is forever changing.

"You come to terms with a lot of emotions in this museum but at the same time you leave being very proud of the strength of the city," said Watkins.

The story of remembrance, resilience and responsibility are the key themes of this Museum and the lessons taught within these walls.

The museum is closed Monday as construction wraps up and reopens Tuesday for the public at 9 a.m.


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