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National September 11 Memorial & Museum free

90 West Street | New York, NY 10006 | Official website
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  • Type: Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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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 spans across 110,000 square feet and relays the narrative of the attacks through a series of multimedia displays, real-time recordings, authentic artifacts, and an interactive table.  General admission costs $24; family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks as well as 9/11 rescue and recovery workers may enter for free. There are also discounted rates for seniors, veterans, students and children; on Tuesdays, admission is free for all visitors between 5 and 8 p.m. 

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; the museum opens its doors from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with last entry at 7 p.m. For up-to-date information, check out the official National September 11 Memorial & Museum website.

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