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    The 9/11 Museum: a museum to celebrate the rebirth of New York

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    Lluis Enric Mayans
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    Most of us remember exactly what he was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001 when, on all Italian and world television channels, films of the attack and collapse of the Twin Towers in New York were shown. It looked like one of the many catastrophic American films and instead they were real images, a shocking reality before our incredulous eyes.

    In a moment everything has changed and, whatever your idea of ​​what really happened that day, in front of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, 9 / 11 Memorial Museum and 9/11 Tribute Museum only silence and respect for the 3000 people who lost their lives and their families that day matters.



    Index

    • What is the difference between 9/11 Memorial Plaza, 9/11 Memorial Museum and 9/11 Tribute Museum?
      • 9/11 Tribute Museum
      • 9/11 Memorial Plaza
    • The 9/11 Memorial Museum: all useful information
      • Where is it and how to get there
      • Opening hours and entrance rules
      • Ticket prices and access rules
      • Which New York passes is included in?
    • What to see in the 9/11 Memorial Museum?
      • Foundation Hall
      • Memorial Hall
    • Where to sleep in the area

    What is the difference between 9/11 Memorial Plaza, 9/11 Memorial Museum and 9/11 Tribute Museum?

    There is often confusion about correctly identifying the three places in New York dedicated to remembrance and tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center. Let's be clear.

    9/11 Tribute Museum

    Il Tribute Museum (or 9/11 Tribute Center) is located at 92 Greenwich Street. It is a small museum focused on experiences told by survivors and by witnesses. It may even happen that they are the ones to guide the museum tours. There is an entrance ticket. The opening hours of the 9 11 Tribute Museum are: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00, Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00.



    9/11 Memorial Plaza

    Il Memorial Plaza (also called 9/11 Memorial) is a square open to the public and free. Two large tubs square in shape of about 4000 square meters each, they were built in the place where the towers used to be. The names of the victims have been carved on the perimeter of each fountain. The memorial is located in a beautiful park with white oak trees and among them is the Survivor Tree the only tree that survived the destruction. Next to the Memorial Plaza is the 9 / 11 Memorial Museum.

    The 9/11 Memorial Museum: all useful information

    Where is it and how to get there

    The 9/11 Memorial Museum is located at 180 Greenwich Street and is a large museum on several floors with multimedia exhibits that reconstruct before, during and after 11/XNUMX. Part of the museum is built around what remains of the foundations of the Twin Towers.

    The stops metro closest to the 9 11 Memorial Museum are:

    • World Trade Center for line E (station inaugurated on 4 March 2016)
    • Cortland Street for the N, R and W lines
    • Chamber Street for lines A and C.

    Opening hours and entrance rules

    Given the new provisions, all visitors over 12 years of age will have to provide proof of vaccination. It is also mandatory the use of the mask inside the museum for all over 2 years old.


    The 9/11 Museum is open from Thursday to Monday from 10:00 to 17:00


    There is a free downloadable app with museum information and audio guide. The visit lasts on average about 2 hours. Photographs are allowed but not in all areas of the museum, so pay attention to the prohibition signs.

    Ticket prices and access rules

    Il ticket is $ 26 per person. A reduced ticket, 15 dollars, is provided for children between 7 and 12 years, while for the over 65 and children from 13 to 17 the price is 20 dollars. Children under 7 do not pay.

    Tickets for the 9/11 Museum

    The museum is free on Mondays from 15:30 pm to 17:00 pm. Free tickets are selling like hot cakes so I recommend you book them. Reservations can be made on the official website from 7:00 am local time on the same day.

    Guided tour of the memorial without admission to the 9/11 Museum

    If you are interested in a guided tour without entering the museum (you can still add it to the package as an option) you can find an activity of this type on this page.

    Tour with entrance to the 9/11 Museum

    On this page you will find listed all those tours that also offer admission to the 9/11 Museum. In particular, I point out the most interesting ones:

    • All-Access 9/11 Experience: includes a tour of Grand Zero, admission to the museum andOne World Observatory of the Freedom Tower. If you are not interested in visiting the observatory you can consider this offer which includes the same things as the previous one with optional Freedom Tower.
    • Another interesting package is the one that includes admission to the 9/11 Museum with a visit to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty with a variant for entry to the Pedestal as well.

    Which New York passes is included in?

    The museum ticket is included or is among the choices available for holders of the following New York passes:



    • New York CityPASS
    • New York Pass
    • Go City New York Explorer Pass
    • Sightseeing Day
    • Sightseeing Flex Pass

    What to see in the 9/11 Memorial Museum?

    The visit is very touching. The museum is structured on underground levels and is quite large. As soon as you enter the Concourse Lobby, before going down the stairs that will take you inside the museum, you will see two tall 'tridents' that survived the fire that lasted 99 days after the attack, and from here you will begin to realize how imposing the building was. structure of the Twin Towers.

    Before entering the museum itself, you will notice a giant photo with the twin towers still intact and an unsettling writing in its simplicity: about 8:30 am, September 11 2001. That is a sunny morning like so many others just before the world changed forever.

    Foundation Hall

    The largest area of ​​the museum is the Foundation Hall, where you can still see the remains of the so-called slurry wall; or the architectural diaphragm built in 1966 when a solution had to be sought to prevent the Hudson River water from penetrating the foundations and jeopardizing the stability of the entire complex.

    In the center of the room stands out lonely The Last Column: the last column to be removed from the Ground Zero construction site which, during the works, had become a real first memorial to the rescuers who had lost their lives in the fulfillment of their duty. To understand how important it had become, just know that a solemn ceremony was held for his removal on May 30, 2002.Along the wall behind The Last Column you will find a glass case with inside what might look like a banal brick from a distance. Approaching and reading the caption, however, you will become aware of the fact that that piece of stone comes from a place sadly linked to the story of 11 September. It is in fact a brick of the house where he lived Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan, when he was killed by a US Navy Seals raid.

    Other artifacts recovered from the rubble include the engine of one of the elevators, a segment of the radio and television antenna of the north tower and what remains of a fire engine.

    September 11 2001: Historical Exibition

    In this section, and in the next, no photos can be taken. You are entering what can perhaps be called the heart of the museum: an exhibition divided into 3 parts: what happened that day, what led to that event with a focus on the 1993 bombing and what happened. from 2001 to today. Two things in particular remained etched in my memory:

    • filming of security cameras Portland airport in Maine where, at 5:45 am on September 11, 2001, terrorists Mohamed Atta and Abdul Aziz al-Omari boarded to travel to Boston and take American Airlines Flight 11
    • an almost hidden corner of the exhibition where there is a screen only, surrounded by black panels, which brings back, in a terrible loop, perhaps those that are the most terrible images of 11/XNUMX: the people who, to escape the fire that blazed in the skyscrapers, chose to take their own lives by jumping into the void.

    Reflecting on 9/11

    A part in which historians, journalists, politicians, survivors, relatives of the victims and ordinary people tell their experience and reflect on the meaning that this date has had for the history of humanity. In the Recording Booths area, visitors can record their voice by remembering where they were and what they were doing that day or by leaving their own message.

    Memorial Hall

    The first thing you'll see in this other great room is Spencer Finch's gigantic work running all along a wall called Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning. 2,983 sq (as many as the victims of 11 September) each with a different shade of blue, trying to reconstruct the color of the sky of that morning, they set a quote from Virgil's Aeneid: “No day will be able to erase you from the memory of time”.

    When you descend into Memorial Hall you will have an inaccessible flight of stairs to your right. This represents another sad, but at the same time important, testimony of that day; are the so-called Survivor Stairs, or those stairs traveled by the many survivors who managed to get out of the Twin Towers in time before they collapsed, which have been transported and rebuilt here.

    In this part of the museum, hanging along the Tribute Wall, you will find a huge American flag with a particular history. In fact, you will notice that there are numerous mending on it. Originally this flag had been displayed near Ground Zero during the reconstruction work but, as the weather had ruined it, it was decided to withdraw and restore it. By pausing to read the explanatory panels, you will learn that every little piece of cloth comes from an American flag that has played an important role in the history of the United States.

    For example, pieces from the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the war of 1812 and which inspired the verse of the American anthem, or the one that was displayed in Pennsylvania in the Ford Theater on the night in which President Lincoln was assassinated, were inserted. .

    At the end of the Tribute Wall you will notice a large crumpled metal plate, you are facing theImpact Steel or at the impact point of the north tower between the 93rd and 96th floors.

    In this area there are two exhibition spaces that host the exhibition In Memoriam and Rebirth at Ground Zero.

    In Memoriam

    The In Memoriam Exhibition is an exhibition that focuses on the lives of each of the nearly 3000 victims of September 2001 and 1993. You will walk along what used to be the foundations of the South Tower surrounded by photos and personal items donated by families and recovered from the rubble of the people who lost their lives that day, and you can learn more about their personal history and the work they did in the Twin Towers.

    Walking inside the 9 11 Memorial Museum and seeing with your own eyes what remains of the famous Twin Towers that until 2001 were imposed on the New York skyline creates a sense of melancholy and emotion, but to this is added the awareness of courage , of the determination and hope of those who physically and morally survived the destruction.

    Where to sleep in the area

    If you want to look for a hotel solution in the south of Manhattan as close as possible to the World Trade Center area, I recommend that you take a look at the link below.

    Search for hotels in the World Trade Center area

    If, on the other hand, you are more interested in general advice on accommodation in the Big Apple, I refer you to our section dedicated to where to sleep in New York.

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