At its core, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum’s purpose is to honor the people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The Memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks in a dedication ceremony for victims’ families. Its public opening date was Sept. 12; 2011. The museum documents the events and explores the continuous significance of September 11, 2001.The 9/11 Memorial Museum is another way to show our respect to those men, women, and children who lost their lives. The museum includes an exhibition in tribute to the nearly 3,000 lives lost with full of photographs, recordings, and loving notes.

The Memorial & Museum was designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker. The eight-acre Memorial consists of two reflecting pools, each nearly an acre in size, which features the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools lie within the footprints of where the Twin Towers once stood and the names of those who perished in 2001.

The Museum maintains a permanent collection of artifacts, oral histories, photos, video and other materials that document the history of the events of 9/11 and commemorate the victims. The collection includes;

  • 23,000 images
  • 10,300 artifacts
  • 500 hours of moving images
  • 2,100 pieces of archival documents
  • 1,970 oral histories

To get into the museum, visitors must walk through a steel and glass pavilion that includes two massive steel tridents, which had been part of the Twin Towers. To get to the main exhibition space, visitors descend to bedrock alongside the Vesey Street Stair remnant known as the “Survivors’ Stairs,” where hundreds escaped death on 9/11.

The Museum is opened daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm with some extended Holiday hours. The general admission is $24 for Adults and $18 for students and seniors. Admission is free for all visitors on Tuesday evenings from 5 pm to close, with the last entry at 7 pm. A limited number of tickets are available for online reservation two weeks in advance of each Tuesday evening.

The museum is separated into three core sections: the historical, memorial, and foundation hall exhibitions. The historical delineates the events that led up to September 11th; the memorial puts a human face to the thousands of people who died in the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terrorist attacks; the foundation hall offers reflection, hope, and the spirit of determination through its slurry wall, a massive retaining wall from the original World Trade Center that withstood the 9/11 destruction. The surrounding plaza will be filled with oak trees and a callery pear known as the Survivor Tree, which was nursed back to health after surviving the 9/11 attacks. Visitors to the Museum will experience the Museum’s core exhibitions, the historical exhibition and the memorial exhibition. Rotating selections of personal artifacts and touchscreen tables allow visitors to discover additional information about each person, and an inner chamber presents profiles of individual victims through photographs, biographical information, and audio remembrances provided by family members and friends.

To learn more visit http://www.911memorial.org/ or if you have a chance, visit the Museum to learn more about the facts and see all the photos that will take you back to the fateful day.