9/11 Museum Artifacts

The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City houses a collection of historical artifacts as well as first-hand stories of the many victims, survivors, and responders of the terrorist attacks on 26 February 1993 and 11 September 2001.

The museum has purchased over 70,000 relics, which include wallets, passports, rescuer uniforms, baseball gloves, shoes, and rings.

Continue reading to learn more about the 9/11 Museum artifacts.

9 11 Memorial Museum Artifacts

The permanent 9/11 Museum artifact collection honors the heroes who battled, survived, and died during the World Trade Center attacks of 2001 and 1993.

It is a unique and emotional collection of personal belongings, tangible evidence, testimonies, and historical relics that recount the tragic story of these historic events.

Relics range from survivor boots to memorial and prayer cards, WTC identity cards, and more.

One of the most notable relics is Patricia Fagan’s bag (found a year and a half later), who was an employee in the World Trade Center’s south tower that perished in the attacks.

Another artifact is a red letter dropped from a hijacked plane on 11 September that was picked up off the street by a fleeing businessman.

A hand rake used by workers searching for human remains at Ground Zero and a collection of things from a post-September 11 vigil—-including a flag that reads “We will survive,” a teddy bear, and a model of the twin buildings.

List of Artifacts in  9/11 Museum

  • American flags 
  • First responder jackets, helmets, and bracelets
  • Steel shards from the structure
  • Ambulances and fire trucks 
  • Staircase damage
  • Postcards sent by the victims
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Restored paintings
  • Victims’ personal belongings
  • Victims’ and first responders’ identification cards


The 9/11 Museum collects artifacts for its permanent collection.

It continues to shed light on the human stories of the victims and survivors of these horrific attacks.

People are encouraged to submit materials such as photographs, videotapes, voice messages, recovered property, clothing and other personal effects, workplace souvenirs, incident-specific records, and original writings such as letters, emails, and diaries through the ‘Give To The Collection’ campaign.

You can complete the “Give To The Collection” form with your personal information and the artifact’s significance, and the museum will add it to its permanent collection.

Oral History in the 9/11 Memorial Museum

The Oral History archive houses one of the world’s largest and most diversified collections of 11 September and 1993 bombing accounts.

The museum conducts its own interviews and collects testimonials.

The museum is expanding its collection by recording interviews with responders, survivors, and family members of the victims of the Pentagon and World Trade Center attacks.

Edited excerpts from a collection of over 1,000 of these recorded oral interviews are also available online.

You can buy your 9/11 Museum tickets online to ensure you don’t miss out on the chance to witness the stories left behind from the attacks.

The 9/11 Museum’s top aim is to protect and preserve the lives of these priceless artifacts for future generations.

As a result, the team applies preventive conservation approaches.

Conservators have a special obligation to conserve things that have been damaged and to maintain the items intact.

For example, the crew strives to maintain the damage done to a fire station ladder by the 9/11 attacks, while objects that arrive in flawless shape are retained as they arrive.

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