OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum will be open through the government shutdown.
The memorial and museum’s executive director, Kari Watkins, said they operate as a 501 (c)3 tax-exempt organization.
They are funded through admission revenue and donations.
“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,” Watkins said. “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.”
National Park rangers work on the site each day.
They will not be on site during the government shutdown, however; museum volunteers will take over their duties until they return.