The 9/11 Museum in New York is dedicated to the events surrounding the attacks of 11 September 2001. The museum is located on the 9/11 Memorial site. The museum itself is underground and has a unique yet sad atmosphere. Visitors will see parts of the original columns of the Twin Towers, as well as other objects related to events, such as a scorched ambulance, destroyed telephone booths and remaining fire and rescue helmets.
The 9/11 Museum and the ‘Survivors’ Stairs’
In the museum, almost 3,000 people are commemorated who perished during the attacks. The first thing visitors will notice in the museum are the two 24-meter-long pieces of steel, known as the ‘tridents’, which formed the basis of the original World Trade Center. These are still colored reddish-brown because of the 99-day burning after the attacks. When visitors of the ‘Memorial Hall’ descend to the foundations (21 meters underground), they will walk past ‘The Survivors’ Stairs’. This is a concrete stairwell that served as a means for hundreds of people trying to escape from the burning towers.
The museum wants to show what consequences the attacks have had on individuals and the whole world. Emphasis is placed on the triumph of human dignity against human depravity. Recognition is given to the thousands of survivors and all those who have expressed great support after 11 September 2001.
Exhibits: ‘Historical Exhibition’ and ‘Memorial Exhibition’
There are two exhibitions in the 9/11 Museum. These exhibitions tell the story of 9/11 via displays, archives, photographs and real objects. In the ‘Historical Exhibition’ the history of 11 September 2001 is described. It is structured chronologically: it starts with how the day started and ultimately how it ended.
The victims are commemorated in the ‘Memorial Exhibition’. Here you can also see the ‘Wall of Faces’, where photos of all victims hang. There is also the possibility to find more information about each individual hanging on the wall. These archives have been supplemented by surviving relatives.
After your purchase you will receive a voucher that you can print and use as your ticket, or show as a mobile ticket on your phone.
Opening hours: open daily
Sunday to Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm, last admission at 6 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 9 pm, last admission at 7 pm
Closed to the public on 11 September
Location: The museum is located on the 9/11 Memorial site. The nearest metro lines are E (World Trade Center), R on Cortlandt Street and J / A / C / 2/3/4/5 on Fulton Street.
Extra: Even if you do not visit the museum, you can visit the 9/11 Memorial. The entrance is free.
Extra: With the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass and the New York Pass you have free access to the 9/11 Museum.
The museum is very poignant and most people view everything in silence. Especially the personal stories can be emotional. The staff is helpful and explains a few things. There is also a free app with audio tour that you can download. To view the whole museum you need about one and a half to two hours, but if you choose to view all the films, your visit can take much longer. After the museum you can visit the 9/11 Memorial (free of charge).
You might also find this interesting:–
– Statue of Liberty
– Top of the Rock
– Ellis Islands
– Empire State Building
– One World Observation
– St. Patricks Cathedral
– Central Park
– and more sightseeings….