The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City was built to honor those killed in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001 and the 1993 bombing. It was built on the site of the Twin Towers before the September 11th attacks. A non-profit organization raises funds and operates the museum and memorial. Construction on the museum and memorial began in August 2006. The memorial was dedicated to the victims’ families on September 11, 2011, and to the general public the following day. On May 15, 2014, the museum opened to victims’ families and for dedication before opening to the public on the 21st of the same month.
Interesting facts about 9/11 Memorial & Museum:
President Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg both spoke at the museum’s dedication.
The museum houses over 14,000 artifacts, with approximately 1,000 of them open to the public.
There are over 500 hours of video and over 3,500 hours of audio recordings from that day.
Only about 10% of the permanent collection of the museum is on display.
The smallest artifact in the museum stands less than an inch tall, while the tallest stands nearly 84 feet tall.
Many of the artifacts had to be lowered into the museum due to their size.
The 9/11 museum offers a variety of educational opportunities, including workshops, tours, and activities for children.
Since its inception, millions of people have visited the 9/11 memorial and museum.
On September 25, 2015, Pope Francis paid a visit to the site. In honor of the victims, royalty has also visited the site.
The 9/11 memorial was designed by Michael Arad of Handel Architects, Peter Walker and Partners, Davis Brody Bond, and Snohetta.
The Survivors’ Staircase was the first artifact to be placed inside the museum. During the 9/11 attacks, this staircase served as an escape route for evacuees. Hundreds of lives have been saved as a result of these granite-covered stairs.
The Survivor Tree is a replanted pear tree that survived the attacks.
More than one million people had visited the memorial within three months of its opening.
The names of the 9/11 victims, including the 2,977 killed on September 11, 2001, are inscribed on the edge of the reflecting pools, as are the names of the six people killed in the 1993 bombing.
It was revealed in 2018 that there are plans to build a memorial path on the site for those who became ill or died while working as first responders at the site following the attack.
Several notable people attended the museum’s dedication, including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, New York Governor Cuomo, former mayors such as Rudy Giuliani, and the mayor at the time, Bill de Blasio.