National September 11 Memorial & Museum

New York, United States

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers that were destroyed during the September 11 attacks. It is operated by a non-profit institution whose mission is to raise funds for, program, and operate the memorial and museum at the World Trade Center site.

A memorial was planned in the immediate aftermath of the attacks and destruction of the World Trade Center for the victims and those involved in rescue and recovery operations. The winner of the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition was Israeli-American architect Michael Arad of Handel Architects, a New York- and San Francisco-based firm. Arad worked with landscape-architecture firm Peter Walker and Partners on the design, creating a forest of swamp white oak trees with two square reflecting pools in the center marking where the Twin Towers stood. In August 2006, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began heavy construction on the memorial and museum. The design is consistent with the original master plan by Daniel Libeskind, which called for the memorial to be 9.1 m below street level, in a plaza, and was the only finalist to disregard Libeskind's requirement that the buildings overhang the footprints of the Twin Towers.

A dedication ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the attacks was held at the memorial on September 11, 2011, and it opened to the public the following day. The museum was dedicated on May 15, 2014, with remarks from then mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg and then President Barack Obama.



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Founded: 2011
Category: Museums in United States


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Eu Ken Ng (6 months ago)
The 9/11 memorial & museum depicts the events that happened on that eventful day when the World Trade Center was attacked. The museum presents not only what happened on 9/11 but also the events that led to 9/11 and how it’s aftermath. The museum not only display some of the real world items from that eventful day such as parts of the twin towers, but it also plays some conversations between passengers on board the plane with their loved ones and with the airline operators. Some of these were their last messages. There are also some disturbing images and scenes. These are pointed out prior to the entry to these exhibits. Just outside the museum lies two big water fountains where the twin towers were once located. A memorial for those who lost their lives are shown there. I would highly recommend booking the tickets in advance and opting for the guided tour. However, if the guided tour is unavailable (as is my case), I find the audio guide very helpful in guiding one through the exhibit and making the experience even more immersive. It explains every artefact, every event and every conversation that is shown in the museum. While the 9/11 memorial & museum could be viewed in an hour, I would highly recommend setting aside at least three to four hours to fully absorb the significance of the museum and the exhibition.
r.j. Pinkerton (6 months ago)
Deeply moving tribute to all the people who were lost on 9/11. It is striking to see the holes where the twin towers used to be. The fountains that replaced them are beautiful. I would recommend every one visit this place at least once. It is truly worth a visit
James McCarthy (7 months ago)
I was 12 years old and watched 911 happen live on TV from Ireland. I remember I was on my lunch break from school and a friend of mine from up the street came banging on my door to turn on the TV. We couldn't believe what we were watching. This is a pretty harrowing place that brings home the tragedy of that day. It's an absolute must visit if you're in new york. Be advised you may find the experience to be quite emotional. They play messages from the loved ones of the victims and answering machine messages from those who died that day as you walk around the museum.
Irek Fojcik (7 months ago)
A very important place for visitors to NYC. The place of the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11, which we remember and must remember. A museum and a place of memory of people who died as a result of the attack and heroes such as firefighters, medics, policemen and many others who took part in the rescue operation and gave their lives to save others. I honor all those who suffered in this attack. Unbreakable heroes. Freedom, love and democracy will win.
Ada Kas (7 months ago)
I waited so long to visit that place. I couldnt wait to pay my respect to victism of 9/11. It was my first place I went to when arrived to NY. I found it a lot interesting place but definitely not for traveling purpose. It is memorable place. Sit down and give your respect for what happened then. I couldn't stop my tears when I was thinking about 9/11. In the museum there is few places that you must not take any photos or videos. That places are the most interesting, they give you chance to STOP AND THINK. I will come back soon.
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