The sound of the waterfalls and the nearly one acre in size void of the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood reflect the scale of the sorrow the 9/11 terrorist attacks brought to New York and the world. The site of the World Trade Center complex still feels much like a construction
9/11 Memorial & Museum 180 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007
The sound of the waterfalls and the nearly one acre in size void of the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood reflect the scale of the sorrow the 9/11 terrorist attacks brought to New York and the world. The site of the World Trade Center complex still feels much like a construction site 13 years after the attacks with closed streets, construction cranes and the never-stopping sounds that come with rebuilding such a large area of Lower Manhattan. At least one structure, theNational 9/11 Memorial & Museum, is already open so people can remember and reflect on that day’s events and its consequences.
The visible area of the Museum north of the reflecting pools that showcase the names of the victims of the attacks in New York, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and the 1997 bombings to the World Trade Center is no more than a glass entry pavilion. The museum with its 10,300 artifacts is located about 70 feet bellow ground. The two main exposition walls stand exactly where the Twin Towers were. The hall outside features artifacts such as fire trucks, one of the antennas of the towers and sections of the outside steal structure. You can also see the slurry wall, the retaining wall that holds back the Hudson River that survived the attacks. The World Trade Center complex was build on an extension of Lower Manhattan created to house the complex and kept safe by the slurry wall.
The museum houses over 23,000 images, and nearly 2,000 oral stories and 500 hours of video. Some of the guides worked on or near the complex and share their stories from the day of the attacks. General admission costs $24, there are discounts for U.S. Veterans, U.S. College students and others. Entrance is free on Tuesdays from 5 pm to close. Free tickets are distributed on a first come first served basis but can also be reserved online in advance. Click here to reserve your tickets.
By: Robin Siteneski