The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, also known as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, in New York is intended to commemorate the approximately 3000 victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. It is located on the site of the former World Trade Center, today also known as Ground Zero.
Where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center used to be, there are now two large basins with the names of the people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks milled into their copper frames. In the middle of the water surface, the water falls nine metres deep into the ground. This makes the 9/11 Memorial the largest man-made waterfall in the USA.
In the adjacent museum, the events surrounding the two terrorist attacks are presented in the form of architectural remains, eyewitness statements, video material and much more.
The memorial pavilion was officially opened on September 12, 2011. The memorial had already been open to the bereaved and relatives of the victims the day before, in private.
The museum was inaugurated on May 15, 2014 in the presence of US President Barack Obama and has been open daily since May 21, 2014.
The construction of the facility was carried out on behalf of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization that collected donations for the construction of the complex until 2006.
How to get there
The easiest way to reach the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is by Metro. The stations Chambers Street, Fulton Street, Park Place, World Trade Center, Rector Street and Cortlandt Street are in the immediate vicinity.