Things to do in NYC: Visit: 9/11 Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is one of the most popular Things to do in NYC that most visitors wish did not have a reason to exist.

Address: 92 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006
Telephone: 866.737.1184
Hours: Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Observation and Top Deck – check official Website for pricing & latest information 

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum commemorates one of the most tragic days in America’s history. For some, it is a place to remember loved ones, for others it is a chance to reflect on the day that changed the United States—and the world—forever. 

About the 9/11 Memorial & Museum:
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed 6 people. 

The 9/11 Memorial attracts visitors from all over the world. The Memorial, which opened on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, includes a place to quietly remember those who died on September 11, 2001.  The Museum, which opened in May of 2014, includes touching exhibits and artifacts from the tragic event.

The 9/11 Memorial features 2 beautiful reflecting pools etched with the names of all 2,983 victims. The names are engraved on to 76 bronze plates. Each of the reflecting pools features a waterfall, and these are the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States.

Woman with her hand on the 9/11 Memorial Reflecting Pool
The 9/11 Memorial features 2 beautiful reflecting pools etched with the names of all 2,983 victims. The names are engraved on to 76 bronze plates.

The Museum portion of the memorial holds fragments of walls from the buildings that were leveled in the attacks, recordings of 911 calls from that infamous day, photographs of all the victims, police cars, fire trucks, and other artifacts.

Visitors will also be able to hear first-hand accounts of the day from survivors who have told their stories, recordings of which are available at the Museum.

Another feature of the Memorial is the Survivor Tree. This Caller Pear tree was badly burned during the attacks, but it was still alive. After being nurtured by botanists, the tree was added to the Memorial as a symbol of strength.

Located in Foundation Hall is the foundation left from one of the towers.  Also, you can see a 36-foot tall steel column covered with posters of the missing people what were posted during the days following the attack.  

You can also view the film, Rebirth at Ground Zero, that follows the building of the new World Trade Center.  

Small tribute items may be left at the Memorial. These items will be collected by the staff, and some of the items will be kept and displayed in Museum exhibits. 

The average visit to the 9/11 Museum & Memorial lasts approximately 2 hours. 

When you are finished with your visit, consider visiting other interesting attractions and things to do nearby. Battery Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are all top New York Attractions located close to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.  The famous Brooklyn Bridge, one of the country's oldest bridges, is close by as well. 

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9/11 Memorial Reflecting Pool