The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a tribute honoring the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. It is a powerful, moving commemoration to the victims of the attack sites at the World Trade Center, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. The six people who perished during the World Trade Center bombing of February 26, 1993 are remembered here as well. The Memorial is a powerful reminder of both the largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil, as well as the single greatest loss of rescue personnel in American history.
The 8-acre 9/11 Memorial consists of twin reflecting pools each nearly an acre in size and sitting within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. At 30-feet high, the largest man-made waterfalls in North America cascade down their sides. The names of the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children killed in the attacks are inscribed into bronze parapets surrounding the pools. The design for the 9/11 Memorial was selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,000 entries from 63 countries.
Within the 9/11 Memorial Museum, you’ll find displays of monumental artifacts associated with the events of 9/11, as well as emotional and moving stories of loss, compassion and healing that are at the heart the 2001 story. The museum also explores the global repercussions of the 9/11 attacks, and their continuing significance and influence today.
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
For many, a visit to the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum is not an easy one. It delves into the personal impact of 9/11 on the victims and their families, as well as the global impact felt around the US and the world. Nonetheless, most visitors agree it is a powerfully moving exhibition not to be missed. If you decide to visit the Memorial, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
- The 9/11 Memorial is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and and is free to the public.
- There is a fee to enter and tour the 9/11 Museum. Tickets can be purchased up to three months in advance.
- 45 minute guided tours depart at various times. It is a good idea to phone ahead to confirm schedule.
- While the memorial site can be toured in a fairly short period of time, you'll need a few hours to fully explore the museum.