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Monday, December 25, 2023

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

  Rajesh Kumar Rana       Monday, December 25, 2023

The National September 11 Museum in New York (9/11 Museum) is dedicated to the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. The museum is located underground, on the grounds of the National 9/11 Memorial. According to the events that took place here, the atmosphere in the museum is very sad. Visitors will be able to see parts of the twin towers' original columns and other objects that were damaged in the explosion. For example, a mangled ambulance, broken telephone booths and helmets of fire and rescue workers.🔗 Wikipedia

9/11 Memorial plaza
9/11 memorial plaza



The 9/11 Museum was created to preserve history and pay tribute to the victims of the two attacks that hit the World Trade Center: September 11, 2001 (2,977 dead and more than 6,000 injured) and February 26, 1993 (6 dead and more than 1,000 injured).

9/11 memorial idea

A national memorial was opened in midtown Manhattan in 2011 to commemorate the 3,000 people who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Today we will tell you about the most atmospheric and interesting places of the memorial, as well as reveal its secrets.

Exhibitions at the National 9/11 Museum

The National September 11 Museum presents 2 exhibitions that show the history of events through displays, archives, photographs and various objects. At the Historical Exhibition, you can learn in detail about the events of September 11, 2001 in chronological order from early morning.

The Memorial Exhibition presents photographs of all those killed in the explosion (Wall of Faces). Behind each photo lies information about the victims. The archives were made by the relatives of the victims.

September 11 memorial museum
September 11 memorial museum
image source: Wikimedia

Memorial project, selected at the International Competition

It was impossible to believe in a terrible event that occurred at 8:46 am on September 11, 2001, but before our eyes, the collapsing giant skyscrapers left no chance for thousands of people. The consequences of this terrible event are horrific in the number of deaths.

Soon after the horrific events, a memorial complex and a museum were erected on the site of the twin towers. This was done in order to perpetuate the memory of the innocent victims of terrorist attacks.

A design competition for the National 9/11 Memorial was held in 2003. 5201 projects from 63 countries took part in it. As a result, preference was given to one option. The winning design was "Reflecting Absence" by architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker.

The official opening of the memorial was timed to coincide with the sad anniversary. This momentous event took place on September 11, 2011. Every year on this tragic day, Americans and residents of many other countries celebrate this day of mourning.

Where is the 9/11 memorial located and how to get there

The memorial is located in the lower part of Manhattan, in the heart of New York. It is a park with huge monuments.

In order to enter the territory of the Memorial, each visitor must go through a thorough screening procedure using metal detectors. The visit is free, but if desired, the visitor can pay any amount for the entrance ticket as a donation.

How long does it take to walk around the entire National 9/11 Museum?

It will take 1.5–2 hours to see the entire 9/11 Museum. However, your visit may take much longer if you choose to watch movies. Read my tips for visiting the museum here.

National 9/11 Memorial: Significant Sites

Today, only the Memorial reminds us of the terrible events that took place on September 11th. The place where the skyscrapers once stood is completely cleared and leveled.

In place of the destroyed skyscrapers are "pools", the size of the base of the towers.

The monuments are created in the form of giant waterfalls flowing along the edges of huge pools. Water goes into bottomless holes located in the center of the tank. The whole ensemble symbolises the abyss that swallowed up thousands of human lives. Flowing water, on the one hand, as a symbol of the transience of human existence, and on the other, as a continuous stream of life that does not stop no matter what. The names of all those who died in that terrible tragedy are written along the huge perimeter of the two pools. Today, two giant twin pools, going almost 15 meters deep, remind everyone of the terrible events of September 2001.

The pools are designed in such a way that even if you stand at the very edge of the bottom, it is still impossible to see. A bottomless abyss opens before your eyes. Only once a year on September 11, a beam of light hits from the pools. It goes far up and symbolises the souls that fly into the sky. The spectacle is very soulful, having seen it once with your own eyes, you will never be able to forget it.

Nearby there are special information booth where you can find out information about each of the victims of the terrorist attack. You can also be seen on the bronze edging of the Memorial Pools. The memorial complex occupies 2.5 hectares.

Church and trees at the Memorial

Every part of the Memorial was carefully planned, even the trees were chosen in a special way. One of the most significant is the "Surviving Tree". This is an amazing oak tree that survived the terrorist attack. Despite the fact that the tree was buried under a ton of rubble, and only one stump remained, today it has formed a dense crown. The stump was transplanted into the park. Today, looking at the oak, I want to believe in the triumph of life over death.

Bicolor oaks also grow here. They were planted for the longevity and color of the leaves. In autumn, they turn a beautiful golden brown and even pink. All trees planted at the Memorial have been dug up for replanting within a 500 mile radius of the World Trade Center. Some were brought from Washington and Pennsylvania. These places are also significant in that they were the targets of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Not far from the "Surviving Tree" is the Church of St. Paul. It was built in 1766. During the terrorist attack, the building survived and, along with the revived oak, today it is a kind of symbol of invulnerability and resilience. In the immediate vicinity of the church is a huge bell. It is dedicated to those tragic September events.

Museum of Memory 9/11

The memorial and the museum form a single complex. Many call it - zero level. The museum itself is located in a "lying" building, which is made in the form of a fallen tower. It presents exhibits that testify to those tragic events. Here you can see the overalls, equipment of firefighters taking part in extinguishing the twin towers on fire. In one of the halls, symbols of New York are presented, carved from steel, which was part of the walls of skyscrapers.

The museum has a huge number of different exhibits. Here are photos, videos, audio recordings, including recordings of farewell telephone conversations. There are also the remains of skyscrapers, personal belongings of the dead, evidence of the most terrible day in the history of New York.

Here is a photo that was taken 20 minutes before the tragedy. When the Twin Towers are still standing in their place, and people don’t even imagine that in half an hour their life will change dramatically and will never be the same again. Below is a picture taken 30 minutes later. When the Twins are no more.

The museum displays metal structures where the plane crashed, there is a stand with dogs that helped search for survivors, as well as the remains of a fire truck parked next to the building. Among the exhibits are two 20-meter steel tridents, which were laid at the base of the North Tower, they were melted down by fire and mangled. You can also see a flight of spiral stairs, fragments of a steel column and much more. The museum is well divided into zones. Passing through the halls, everyone will be able to plunge into the history of that terrible time every minute, to feel it. The whole situation develops around visitors thanks to photographs, video, sound accompaniment.

It is a must to visit this place when you fly to New York. Here you will experience indescribable sensations. A visit to the Memorial and the museum is recommended to plan in advance. You can do this without even leaving your home, simply by going to the website. Excursions are conducted by enthusiastic and sociable people, with a great store of knowledge. Excursions are interesting, rich and structured. You can read the description of the program in advance, as well as get acquainted with the reviews of other travelers. You definitely won't be disappointed.

What's inside the 9/11 Museum?

The museum was created in memory of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Visitors can learn about the events and their aftermath through personal stories, photographs, and exhibits such as parts of the Twin Towers.

How to Buy Tickets for the National 9/11 Museum in New York

Buy your tickets above and select your desired time and date to visit. After ordering tickets, you will immediately receive a voucher by e-mail. With this voucher you can enter the museum on a specific date and time of your choice. You can print it out or show it on your smartphone as a mobile ticket. You will skip the line, which will save you a lot of time! The entrance time is specific, but you can stay in the museum as long as you like. Because you don't need to print your voucher, you can also book your tickets while you're in New York. Even the day before the visit! If you are not yet sure about the time of your visit, it is possible to purchase an entrance ticket with flexible conditions.

Do I need to buy tickets to the 9/11 Museum in advance?

Yes, you need to buy tickets in advance and you will be assigned a specific time. If you also want to visit other attractions, buy tourist discount cards to save money.

Absolutely essential

The collection of objects and the building itself transmit unique sensations to visitors, which is why we highly recommend this visit . It is one of the best museums in the world .

If you want to make this visit in peace, allow at least 2 hours  to walk through the entire building. Nevertheless, if you want to deepen your knowledge of the events and discover each object of the museum, you could well spend a whole day there.

Useful information

9/11 memorial museum Address: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA


World Trade Center, south of Manhattan.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

The last entry is sold two hours before the museum closes.


Adults: 26US$. 

Over 65 and academics: 20US$. 

Children between 7 and 12 years old: 15US$. 

Children between 13 and 17 years old: 20US$. 

Children under 7: free.


Tube: Chambers Street , lines A, C, 1, 2 and 3, Fulton Street , lines A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Park Place , lines 2 and 3, World Trade Center line E. 

Bus: lines M5, M20, M22.

Tip:  you can enter the memorial without a ticket to the museum.

Optional: Admission to the National 9/11 Museum is included with the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass  and  New York Pass.

Travelerlifes advice:

The atmosphere in the museum is very emotional, all visitors spend time in complete silence. The staff is very friendly and responsive, if necessary, will help with all questions. You can also download the free audio guide app. When buying tickets online, the queues will be much less. In order to see the entire museum, you will need approximately 1.5 hours. More movie watching. After the museum, you can walk along the 9/11 memorial.

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