Of the millions of visitors passing through New York City, most consider the World Trade Center site as near the top – if not on top altogether – of their ‘must-see’ list. While the Memorial part of the attraction is currently open to the public, the Museum is set to open on May 21, 2014. The 9/11 Memorial Museum will offer the chance to get much closer emotionally to the event than just snapping a photo of where the Twin Towers used to be.
Exhibits reflect many facets of 9/11
With 110,000 square feet over which to spread out, the exhibitions will be numerous and personal – every victim’s name honored. In fact, it’s not just to recognize the 9/11 attacks, but also the bombing in February of 1993.
Pieces of the former Towers’ foundation will be on display, as well as the “Survivors’ Stairs” (the stairs down which hundreds of people fled on Vesey Street to escape the attack).
The Historical Exhibition includes the day’s precise events, along with the events leading up to it and occurring in its aftermath – especially a reflection on how we view its significance in a post-9/11 world. A more personal Memorial Exhibition will have artifact cases, photos, interactive tables and quiet remembrance spaces.
The 9/11 Museum collection continues to grow and includes audio tapes, personal effects, diaries, workplace memorabilia, clothing, letters and other items. Lastly, the West Chamber will display a surviving retaining wall (the “slurry wall”) and the “Last Column” on which rescue workers and loved ones put missing posters and memorial inscriptions during the recovery effort.
Preserving memory and meaning
In the words of the museum’s mission statement, the ultimate goal is to acknowledge “the triumph of human dignity over human depravity.”
Interested in visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum? Admission to the Memorial is free and tickets are no longer required. At the Memorial, you’ll see enormous twin reflecting pools, North America’s largest man-made waterfall, and bronze panels listing the name of every person who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.
For the museum, tickets are already available. Tickets are $15 for youth aged 7-17; $18 for US college students, US veterans and seniors 65 and over; and $24 for adults. Admission is free for 9/11 families and rescue workers, museum members, and children under seven. Consider donating more than just a future visit – get involved, sponsor a cobblestone, or learn more about the project!
Additionally, there are a number of 9/11 Memorial & Museum tours that can enhance your experience. For example, a Walking Tour of Ground Zero with Optional 9/11 Museum Admission allows travelers to tour this important site with a knowledgeable guide who has a connection to September 11. You’ll start out at St. Paul’s Chapel, which took in rescue workers after the tragic event, before heading to the moving 9/11 Memorial. Enhance the experience by adding on a 9/11 Museum ticket.
Another great tour option is a World Trade Center Walking Tour, where you’ll explore the past and present of Ground Zero as well as tour NYC’s Financial District. Some highlights of the excursion include seeing the grave of Alexander Hamilton, wandering Wall Street and visiting Federal Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. Like the previous tour, you have the option to add on a 9/11 Museum Ticket (recommended).
And during a Viator VIP: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial Tour, experience NYC’s most important attractions with an expert guide. After taking in aerial views from the top of the Empire State Building, you’ll embark on an open-air bus tour of Midtown Manhattan before visiting the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Next you’ll explore NYC by hop-on hop-off boat, sailing to Pier 79 where you’ll begin a walking tour of the famous Financial District before and the 9/11 Memorial. Bonus: Your boat pass is good for the rest of the day, so you can visit South Street Seaport and Fulton Ferry landing and see the Statue of Liberty at your own pace.