9/11 Museum & Memorial Facts

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The 9/11 Memorial in New York City commemorates the tragic events of 11 September 2001. 

Did you know that some first responders are still suffering physical ailments due to the toxins that surrounded them while rescuing those stuck in the burning towers?

Or that the aftermath of the attacks produced 1.8 million tons of wreckage! It took workers nine months to clear the wreckage.

Here are some 9/11 Memorial facts that will leave an impression:

1. The Majority of the Museum is Underground

Unlike most museums, this one is primarily underground. 

An entrance ramp will take you 70 feet down to the bottom, where you will find a massive empty hall once a part of the North Tower. 

The intentional emptiness is intended to evoke a sense of absence and loss for the attack’s victims.

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2. Last Column and Slurry Wall

Last Column and Slurry Wall
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The Slurry Wall is the remains of a wall that survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

It’s been cleverly incorporated into the design of Foundation Hall to represent survival and determination.

Another significant artifact is the Last Column, a 36-foot piece of steel recovered from the site cleanup in May 2002. It was the final item retrieved from the area.

3. Visitors Can Share Their Own Voice Experiences

Visitors Can Share Their Own Voice Experiences
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The ‘Reflecting on 9/11’ gallery section of the Museum is commendable, with visitors able to record their 9/11 memories in a video booth. 

Each individual’s story is recorded and eventually added to the Museum’s oral history collection. 

Some of these are even used in media presentations frequently shown to the public.

4. Reflecting Absence

The design of the 9/11 Memorial, titled “Reflecting Absence,” features two enormous reflecting pools set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers. 

These pools, each nearly an acre in size, symbolize the void left by the destruction of the towers and serve as serene memorials to the victims of the attacks.

Set on a journey through history’s defining moments with your 9/11 Museum tickets.

5. The Twin Towers Live On…

The original World Trade Center structures are hidden in the depths of the Memorial and all over America.

More than 1,800 pieces of steel from the rubble of the destroyed Twin Towers were handed over to the Port Authority of New York.

The Port Authority distributed the steel scraps to the fire and police departments, libraries, small-town museums, military and veteran organizations, local governments, and other interested groups.

The WTC steel is also present in other memorials in various countries, including South Korea and Canada!

Check out this Bloomberg article mapping the fate of the WTC steel scraps. 

6. Flight 93

Flight 93
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United Airlines Flight 93 was among the four planes hijacked during the tragic events of 9/11. 

In a remarkable act of bravery, once passengers on board learned of the previous attacks and heroically attempted to regain control of the aircraft from the hijackers. 

In response, the hijackers deliberately crashed the plane into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, instead of following their plan, which was to strike the White House.

This tragic crash resulted in the loss of all 44 individuals aboard, including the hijackers.

A memorial honoring the victims of Flight 93 was constructed in a field in Stoystown, Pennsylvania, and visitors can see the remnants of this plane in the 9/11 Museum.

7. America’s Largest Man-Made Waterfalls

Above the museum are two of the country’s largest artificial waterfalls, which cascade into two large reflecting pools. 

The Twin Pools mark the locations of the former North and South Towers. 

The waterfalls are approximately 30 feet in height, and 52,000 gallons of water run over the sides of the two pools every minute!

Sense the serene calmness at the 9/11 Memorial Museum while paying tribute to the lives lost. 
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8. The Globe

A beautiful bronze sculpture of a globe designed by a German artist, Fritz Koenig, adorned the space between the Twin Towers from 1971 to 2001.

The sculpture mostly survived the attacks and now resides in Battery Park.

9. Firsthand Knowledge

Firsthand Knowledge
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Visitors can better understand the tragedy through the Museum’s daily talks and discussions. 

Every day around noon, a museum staff member talks about one specific artifact.

Furthermore, survivors or family members of victims share their experiences with the public as part of an initiative called “We Were There.”

10. Recordings and Artifacts

The museum displays things belonging to the victims of the attack, pictures and videos of the attack and its aftermath.

The rescue and recovery team collected innumerable artifacts. Only 10% of these are publicly displayed.

This includes wrecked emergency vehicles, photographing victims, and dramatic video of the attack and its aftermath.

The collection also contains over 2,000 oral testimonies and recordings that serve as firsthand oral histories.

Book your tickets now to gain insights and hear untold stories of the 911 Museum & Memorial, shedding light on the events that changed our world.

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