The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum New York Reviews

WalterC WalterC
391 reviews
Definitely should be seen, to never forget! Jul 27, 2016
Located in Lower Manhattan, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is on the spot where the World Trade Center (WTC) once stood. And where the terrorist attacks happened on September 11, 2001, more commonly known as the 9/11 attacks. More about this day, along with my little personal story, in the attaching entry in the blog. This will be more about visiting this site, which consists of 2 parts, as indicated in the name of the place. One part is free, while the other is not.

Museum –

Requiring paid admission, this has a bunch of items on display along the way. As you enter the place, and go downstairs, you see a few items recovered from the WTC site (more commonly known as Ground Zero), like a fire truck and survivors’ stairs. Plus artwork made by people, as a tribute to the 9/11 victims. Kind of nice to see, and photography is allowed, but if time was limited, I would say this is the more skippable part.

There is the main exhibition area, where photography is not allowed at all. But this is a must-see, as there a lot more items on display, and tell the story of the 9/11 attacks, relatively in chronological order. Starting from when the first airplane crashed into the World Trade Center, to the aftermath and the effects the attacks it had on the entire world, not just the US. Also, there are displays on the 1993 bombing, and the concept of terrorism, and who they are, like Osama bin Laden.

If there was only time to visit one part of the museum, it should definitely be this one. There is a lot to take in, and it can be intense at times. But I thought it was presented very well, and very worth seeing.

There is free admission on Tuesdays, after 4 PM. But there is a catch, which is that you will still need a ticket to enter. And there are a limited number of those free admission tickets, which won’t be given until 4 PM. And it is first-come, first-serve basis, so during the busier times of the year, there may be a long line.

Memorial –

Located outside, in the WTC area, consisting of 2 fountain pools, on the exact locations where each of the Twin Towers once stood. Both of them have 30-foot waterfalls that fall into the center, that has a hole in the middle of it. And each of them has names on the bronze boards, that are around the pools. Arranged in a certain way, which you can see on this site…

Definitely worth the time to see, as I think everyone should walk around both pools, as a way to pay respects to those who lost their lives that day.

I think it goes without saying, that the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a definite must-visit. It should not be missed for any visitor to New York, as it should not be forgotten what happened on that day in 2001. Both are presented very nicely and serve as a tribute for the 9/11 victims.
museum building
The Last Column
dedication pedestal, from 1973
missing posters on screen
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cotton_foam says:
Thank you for writing this review, Walter!
It is helpful to my upcoming visit!!
Posted on: Oct 16, 2016
Zagnut66 says:
A must-visit the next time I'm in New York. Great review, Walter.
Posted on: Oct 16, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
I'd imagine it would be a hard place to visit but also a place that we do need to visit so we never forget that awful day in history.

Thank you for sharing this review.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2016
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tlenot tlenot
43 reviews
9/11 Memorial and Museum Mar 20, 2015
$24 is what it cost to get in the museum. The memorial is quite moving and peaceful. It's sobering as well. The sound of water, I have also found to be calming which I think was part of the idea of the memorial being waterfalls. The museum is extremely modern and is pretty big. It takes you underneath to have a look at the foundation of the twin towers. Since this is recent history, everything is still new and has an impact that no other museum have. There are relics from the attack showing the damages. The museum is both visual and auditory with live recording of news and phone calls. It takes you on a journey as well from before the attack to afterwards. One of the most impactful museum I have ever been to, considering I am from the USA.
One World Trade Center
damage fire truck
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jenbob12 jenbob12
18 reviews
Very Moving May 31, 2015
Arriving at the plaza you first come to the two beautiful memorial pools with the Freedom Tower towering over them. I found the sound of the water peaceful and thought this was a perfect place for remembrance.

The museum is light and airy, and it didn't take long to buy tickets, get in, and through security.

Once inside you go down to the foundations of the twin towers. The first piece you come to is a photograph of the Manhattan skyline, taken the on the morning of September 11th 2001, before the attacks. Continuing through the museum, to the survivors stairs, fire truck, dream bike and the last column, everything in there moves you.

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