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9/11 Memorial Officially Opens May 21st

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The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, dedicated May 14th in a special ceremony by President Obama, will officially open to the public on May 21st. The exhibitions honor the 2,983 victims of September 11th and 1993 World Trade Center attacks. 

The Museum is sure to become a popular destination on New York City educational tours. Here's all you need to know about the exhibits, getting there, and adding it your student travel itinerary.


The Memorial and Museum can be found on the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The Memorial, dedicated in 2011, occupies the above-ground portion and consists of 30-ft cascading waterfalls surrounded by a wall inscribed with the names of those who perished. The newer Memorial Museum forms the underground extension of the Memorial Plaza, and is located 70 feet below ground level.


The collection includes over 10,313 artifacts, including structural remnants from the site as well as the personal effects of victims and survivors. It also houses oral histories memorializing the attacks, a photographic "Wall of Faces," and biographical profiles of the victims. To reach the exhibition, visitors descend the Survivor's Stairs, the preserved remnants of the Vesey Street stairs, which served as an escape route for hundreds of survivors. 

The collection is organized into three sections: the Historic Exhibition, focusing on the time line and historical background of the attack and its aftermath; the Memorial Exhibition, honoring the lives of those who perished; and Foundation Hall, a massive open exhibit preserving the World Trade Center's monolithic 'slurry wall,' a testament to resilience, hope, and community. Directly beneath the footprints of the towers, the Museum houses a private repository for the remains of victims, many of whom are yet to be identified, along with a private viewing and seating area for 9/11 families. 

Planning your Visit:

Since its opening, the Memorial has been a popular educational and historical destination for over 12 million visitors from more than 175 countries. 

Admission fees range from $15.00 for youth to $24.00 for adult tickets. If convenient, plan to visit during the free admission window, every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Groups of 20 or more must arrange their visit through the Museum's Group Reservations Department. The Museum also offers 60-minute guided tours with admission, with an audio component via downloadable app. 

The Memorial is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Memorial Museum stays open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until September 22nd, after which it will close at 7 p.m. 

Learn more about planning your New York City student tour.