National September 11 Memorial & Museum
- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum serves as the primary tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the six lost in the 1993 bombing. The Memorial's twin reflecting pools and manmade waterfalls rest as eerie footprints where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood. The 1-acre-sized pools are enclosed in bronze panels on which the names of every victim are inscribed.
Recent visitors cite the overall ambiance of the National September 11 Memorial as somber but moving. "It is a beautiful place for people to gather and remember that even in the midst of tragedy, there can be beauty and peace," explained one TripAdvisor user. You must book your visitor passes, preferably at least two to four weeks in advance, as only a limited number of tickets are distributed per month. Admission is free, but you'll be required to pay a $2 service fee for reservations made online or by phone. You can order tickets online here.
The National September 11 Museum will span across 110,000 square feet and will relay the narrative of the attacks through a series of multimedia displays, real-time recordings, authentic artifacts, and an interactive table. The Museum is currently under construction. The opening date is scheduled for spring 2014.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is accessible via the Fulton Street subway stops, which are serviced by the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 lines. The memorial welcomes visitors daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For up-to-date information, check out the official National September 11 Memorial & Museum website.