National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
The memorial portion of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center was dedicated on September 11, 2011, with a ceremony for the families of victims, and opened to the public the following day. Admission is free, but requires a reservation, which visitors can make on 911memorial.org. The memorial honors the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks on February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001 (including those who were killed in Pennsylvania and at The Pentagon).
Eight acres in all, the Memorial Plaza features more than 400 trees and provides a sanctuary for quiet contemplation. Waterfalls flow into two large reflecting pools, in the towers’ footprints, and the names of the men, women and children who lost their lives are inscribed in bronze parapets that surround the pools.
The museum—which is scheduled to open in September 2012—will house exhibitions with artifacts, pictures, videos and accounts from people from around the United States and the world, amounting to a jointly told history of September 11, 2001. Also nearby, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center offers photos, walking tours and a collection of objects that bring visitors together in remembrance of 9/11 and in its aftermath.
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