Visiting the 911 Memorial and Museum is a very powerful experience and each person will enter with different memories of where they were on that day in 2001. These are very sacred landmarks of our country so we’ve put together some of our best tips for visiting the 911 Memorial and Museum to make sure you and your family have an incredible experience.
As most people will know, the site is a reminder of an attack by a group of extremists called al-Qaeda. They wanted America to change its policies in the Middle East and used violence to accomplish awareness. The event took place on September 11, 2001. Nineteen men hijacked four commercial airplanes. They intentionally flew three of the planes into buildings; The Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, and the fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania when the passengers fought back. Nearly 3,000 people were killed as a result of the 911 attacks, including people from more than 90 countries.
Now, many years after the events of 911, a memorial and museum have been established to remember what happened. The site of the 911 Memorial is stunning. The voids where the two towers once stood have been replaced with two fountains. The two spaces incorporate a square border of stone with water cascading into nothingness. Instead of only feeling the sense of emptiness, the water cascading down the sides and into the void constantly replenishes the space, signifying rebirth and vitality as an inspirational reminder of a life cycle. The names are carved into a bronze plate around the fountain. The raised letters capture the time and place of the people that lived and worked together to signal a life in context as co-workers, friends and family are placed in groups rather than alphabetical.
It’s a place to remember how New York started, the people that lived and worked in the World Trade Center Towers. The 911 Museum is right by the memorial and offers a wonderful walk through the date that changed the course of American history as we know it. A visit to the 911 Memorial is not complete without also visiting the museum to see many remnants leftover from the World Trade Center Towers and the display of memories for those that were lost. Here are some tips for visiting the 911 Memorial and Museum:
This is a sacred site and the memories of loved ones that have been lost can be almost more than any of us want to remember. How the nation came together and the rebuilding of the sense of nationalism is represented by each person in their own ways. This site is a place of quiet and remembrance depicting the worst and best of mankind as they came together to rebuild the area.
It’s important that when you visit you keep in mind this is a place of remembrance and many people visit to pay their respects to lost loved ones. Making sure to respect the quiet atmosphere is very important. We recommend wearing comfortable, soft sole shoes that will maintain the quiet of the area.
Prepare for questions from children
Children 8 and over will have questions about that day. Keep the answers factual and simple to understand. There are thousands of stories about this day, not just one. Expressing feelings as a family to allow your children to understand that this is complicated and hard is a good idea. There are no simple answers to this. Please remember, the museum is not for younger children.
Purchase your museum tickets on-line
The one-hour guided tour by a staff member is excellent and is an additional cost that’s worth it for adults and teenage visitors. You’ll learn about the design of the building, some of the most iconic remnants and artifacts on display and understand more about what happened that day. Audio guides are available with hearing loops, and you may download 9/11 Memorial Mobile Apps for both the 9/11 Memorial Guide and the 9/11 Museum Audio Guide.
Plan to spend several hours at the memorial and museum
In the museum, there is an 11 minute movie that helps describe the day. The theater accommodates 45 people at one time, and there is a line so allow another 30 minutes. After that, spend time in the exhibition halls. You can easily spend two hours in the exhibition hall alone, so allow three to four hours for your total visit to the memorial and museum.
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