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9/11 Museum

The museum was in between the two reflecting pool memorials, and like everything in the summer in New York, the crowds were huge. The ticket line-up had to be a couple hundred people deep and we didn’t have time for lineups on this trip. After a little Googling, we discovered that tickets were available online. They had timed entries so we chose 11am, so we spent the the 40 minute wait until then wandering around the memorial grounds again. At 11am, we got in the ticketed line and managed to get inside about 5 minutes later. The air conditioning was a welcomed reprieve from the scorching sun.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001.

The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site – telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks are commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the lives of the men, women and children who died.

The monumental artifacts of the Museum provide a link to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the aftermath.

Memorial Exhibition

Located within the original footprint of the South Tower, this exhibition features portrait photographs of the 2,983 victims of the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, and the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Witness at Ground Zero

On the morning of September 11, 2001, French photographer and video director Stephane Sednaoui witnessed and filmed the events at the World Trade Center from the roof of his building on Great Jones Street in lower Manhattan. Over the next few days, Sednaoui volunteered in the rescue efforts at what had already come to be called Ground Zero. This exhibition draws on an archive of the more than 500 pictures he captured between September 12 and 16 during breaks from the grueling work of digging through the wreckage.

Historical Exhibition

Located within the original footprint of the North Tower, the historical exhibition tells the story of 9/11 using artifacts, images, first-person testimony and archival audio and video recordings. The exhibition is made up of three sequential parts: the Events of the Day, Before 9/11, and After 9/11.

Unfortunately, they didn’t allow photos in this area, but there were thousands of artifacts, photos, and videos. They had whole walls with timelines of events, wanted posters for the terrorists, and voicemail recordings from the passengers on the planes and in the buildings that didn’t make it, to name just a couple of the items inside. These photos are stock photos from museum website:

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