The 9/11 Memorial Museum tells the story of the events of 9/11 through monumental and authentic artifacts, first-person accounts and multimedia displays. The museum’s first special exhibition, “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11,” features artwork by 13 artists who relied on their craft to understand 9/11. The 9/11 Memorial consists of two enormous reflecting pools set in the footprints of the Twin Towers. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 terror attacks are inscribed in bronze around the pools. Advance purchase of museum admission is strongly recommended. The 9/11 Memorial is open daily.
Do I need a ticket? You do not need a ticket to gain access to the 9/11 Memorial, though a ticket is required for museum admission, which also requires visitors to go through a security check. You can buy tickets in advance at 911memorial.org.
Can I take a tour? The museum offers packages that grant you admission along with a tour of the museum or the memorial. Visit 911memorial.org. You can also just join one of the 45-minute walking tours of the memorial itself. And the 9/11 Tribute Center runs tours that cover the memorial and are given by guides who witnessed or survived the attacks; for more information, visit tributewtcc.org.
Who designed the memorial? The memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker. Arad’s design was selected from more than 5,000 proposals for the site. The architect, who lived in the East Village in 2001, witnessed the second plane hitting the World Trade Center’s south tower.