National September 11 Memorial & Museum#7 in Best Things To Do in New York City
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 man-made waterfalls rest as eerie footprints where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood. The 1-acre pools are enclosed in bronze panels on which the names of every victim are inscribed. The 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.
Recent visitors cited the overall atmosphere of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as sobering but moving. "After 9/11 the whole city changed, the mentality changed," says Shawn Harris, head concierge at the WestHouse Hotel New York. "What was knocked down, we rebuilt, and it's a monument to our strength. It's gorgeous inside even though a little somber." Many travelers say they were impressed with the site as a whole, noting its respectful and informational displays.
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. Admission to the memorial is free. Admission to the museum costs $26 for adults, $20 for college students and seniors, $18 for veterans, and $15 for kids ages 7 to 17. Children under 7 years old are free, but still require a ticket. Family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks, as well as 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, may enter for free. On Tuesdays, admission is free for all visitors between 5 and 8 p.m. Distribution for Free Admission Tuesdays tickets generally starts at 4 p.m. and is a first-come first-serve basis. The memorial welcomes visitors daily from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.; the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Last entry to the museum is two hours before closing. If you'd like a more in-depth look at the museum and the importance of surrounding sites, such as St. Paul's Chapel, consider signing up for one of the city's best tours, including the best walking tours in NYC. For up-to-date information, check out the official National September 11 Memorial & Museum website.
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This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more.
“Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden."
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