- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum unveiled more than $10 million worth of new exhibits on Thursday, including artifacts like a sign from the Kansas motel where convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh stayed before the 1995 attack on the federal building.

The memorial held a grand reopening at the museum in downtown Oklahoma City to mark enhancements that began one year ago.

The additions are part of a project that aims to attract a new generation of visitors to the structure, including those too young to remember McVeigh’s attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.

“We are using new technologies that allow our visitors to learn and become engaged in our story like never before,” said Susan Winchester, the chairwoman of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation.

The enhancements include 35 new interactive stations, more than 1,100 new pieces of exhibits, and video and newspaper coverage.

Among the new artifacts is a 15-foot-tall sign from the Dreamland Hotel near Junction City, Kansas, where McVeigh stayed in the days leading up to the bombing.

On April 19, 1995, McVeigh drove a truck filled with fertilizer and fuel oil to the front of the federal building and detonated the makeshift bomb. He was executed for the crime, while co-conspirator Terry Nichols is serving life in prison.

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