The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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October 2, 2013

OKC National Memorial open during U.S. budget battle

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is open for business despite the federal government shutdown.

Museum officials said Wednesday it was built and is owned and operated by a private nonprofit foundation. The foundation receives no operating funds from city, state or federal governments and costs are covered by admissions, museum store sales, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and other private fundraising efforts as well as earnings from an endowment.

Executive Director Kari Watkins says the last government shutdown in 1995-96 caused the museum's governing body to maintain private ownership and not leave it to others to decide whether to remain open.

The museum honors victims and survivors of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.

 

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