The 9/11 Memorial Museum will finally open its doors to the general public tomorrow (Wed., May 21) after more than 10 years of debate on how to best remember the collapse of the World Trade Center and the thousands of lives lost on September 11, 2001.
Last week, the museum was open 24 hours a day to allow first responders, survivors and families of the victims a chance to be the first to walk through the museum. The doors to the museum opened for the first time in a dedication ceremony last Wednesday that included President Obama’s recollection of the unforgettable event, but also the heroic character of hundreds of people involved.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum was built to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died in New York City, Washington, DC, and Stonycreek Township, PA.
The first thing visitors will see when entering the museum is the rusty, trident spine of the original World Trade Center as well as the building’s still-in-tact concrete foundation that was built to hold back the Hudson River in the 1960s while it was under construction.
Other items on display include a barely recognizable fire truck, personal effects, a window from an airplane, a mangled antennae tower, photographs and famous memorabilia, including the megaphone President Bush used to address first responders as they searched through the rubble for survivors. Visitors will also be able to hear the recorded voices of victims leaving messages for their loved ones.
Walk through Memorial Hall, which displays portraits of everyone who was lost, along with memories about their lives provided by family and friends. See the ash-covered, memorialized storefront of Chelsea Jeans — once located on Broadway and Fulton in Lower Manhattan — preserved by the New York Historical Society. And for guests who may get overwhelmed with emotion while walking through the museum — there are exit doors along the way for those who don’t want to continue.
There is a $24 admission price for those who want to visit the museum. And according to NBC News, the revenue generated by the museum allows the Memorial fountains and plaza to remain free and open to the public. Efforts to secure federal funding for the 9/11 museum have been stalled in Congress.
Regardless of the price, we think $24 (for adults) is well worth a trip to the 9/11 Memorial Museum for a chance to see how the nation recovers, rebuilds and remembers a tragic day in its history.