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A Visitors Guide to
New York City's 9/11 Memorials & Exhibits
Memorials, Exhibits, Tours & Map of Locations
Group Zero Museum Workshop Tour
|The World Trade Center (WTC), a commercial complex located in lower Manhattan,
originally consisted of 7 buildings, including the landmark Twin Towers.
The Twin Towers, also known as the North and South Towers, were built in the
early 1970's and, at the time, were the tallest buildings in the world. On
February 26, 1993, a bomb was detonated in the North Tower, causing structural
damage and six deaths. The city was shattered by this event. It was
unimaginable that something far more significant would take place in the future.
The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 made the
unimaginable a reality and the city, country and world hasn't been the same
since. In the months and years following the destruction of the World
Trade Center, we have witnessed the heroic and compassionate efforts of the
citizens of the world, and the resolve of the human spirit. That heroism has been memorialized in a number of ways.
Below you will find info on the tributes, a map with all their locations and a selection of
tours that incorporate one or more 9/11 locations in their itinerary.
The most significant tribute is located directly on the
site where the Twin Towers once stood, known simply as the 9/11 Memorial.
Additionally, there are a number of other tributes throughout the city, such as the popular Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Tour, and we
will identify several of those below. Many of New York's guided tours
include the World Trade Center area and these tributes; we have summarized some
of them in the 9/11 Tours Chart below. When you visit New York, don't miss the
opportunity to appreciate these memorials and exhibits. See our Map of the 9/11 Memorials & Exhibits mentioned in this article.
Overview of the World Trade Center Area
|When you visit the World Trade Center complex,
bounded by West, Liberty, Church and Vesey Streets, you'll see that there are
several attractions at the WTC site as well as
others in the immediate area around it, including:
- One World
Trade Center (building)
- 9/11 Visitor Center
- 9/11 Preview Site
- Two Memorial Pools
- 9/11 Memorial Plaza
- Tribute WTC
- St. Paul's
- Eleven Tears
- Winter Garden
- 9/11 Memorial Museum
See our map at right for a
quick reference to their locations.
Memorial Experiences at the WTC Site
Before visiting the 9/11
Memorial, you can stop at the
Memorial Visitor Center on West Street
at Albany or the
9/11 Memorial Preview Site
at 20 Vesey Street. At each of these facilities you can learn more about
the Memorial and browse the rotating exhibits, models, artifacts and films.
Admission is free at both sites.
At yet another location is the
Tribute WTC Visitor Center
located at 120 Liberty Street near Greenwich Street.
Since 2006, millions of people have visited this center to learn, share and
reflect on the tragedy of the September 11 attacks and 1993 bombing. The facility
has several galleries of permanent exhibits as well as changing exhibits.
Walking tours of the World Trade Center site and 9/11 Memorial are
offered several times each day and cover the history and future of the World
Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial. Each tour guide is a volunteer who has
a close connection to the September 11 attacks. Tickets for the 75-minute tour can
be purchased at the entrance to the Tribute WTC Visitor Center. (Note that advance
tickets for this tour are not available.) You also have the choice to take
a self-guided audio tour.
9/11 Memorial (Pools & Plaza)
In the precise location where
the Twin Towers once stood, the
Pools have been created.
The Memorial Pools design is named Reflecting Absence and consists of two
1-acre pools in which massive
waterfalls cascade. The nearly 3,000 names
of those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks, as well as the 1993
World Trade Center bombing, are inscribed on bronze plates attached to the walls
of the Memorial pools. Memorial Plaza surrounds the pools with acres of
trees, making it a peaceful park-like setting. Included in the plaza is
the "Survivor Tree", which is a callery pear tree that was recovered from the
World Trade Center rubble, nursed back to health, and finally returned to the
plaza. To visit the 9/11 Memorial, you must first obtain a dated/timed
visitor pass through the
online reservation system. Passes are free, but you may wish to make a
donation to the Memorial along with your reservation. It is possible to
get a same day pass at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, but you run the risk of the day being sold out or not
getting your preferred time. As you can imagine, security is
strict, but handled efficiently.
National 9/11 Memorial Museum
Construction of the
National 9/11 Memorial Museum
This below ground facility will be located at the World Trade Center complex and
will house a collection of artifacts, photos, personal effects
and memorabilia from both the 1993 bombing and 2001 attacks on the World Trade
Center. The National 9/11 Memorial Museum, which halted construction in September 2011, will not open until 2013-14 as
there are ongoing legal battles.
GROUND ZERO MUSEUM
Images & Artifacts
Exhibit • Before You Visit
the WTC Site
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Off-Site Memorials & Exhibits
Ground Zero Museum Workshop (420 W. 14th Street,
Daily sold-out tours, a cult-like following and 5-star reviews sum up the "Biggest LITTLE
Museum in New York" which showcases the stories behind 100 Images & Artifacts from the "Recovery" at Ground Zero. The
New York Times dubbed the image collection "RARE PHOTOS." Kid-Friendly with nothing graphic and tastefully presented,
old and young alike flock here. Gary Marlon Suson was the appointed Official Photographer at Ground Zero and, as such,
was provided virtually unlimited access to the most secure areas of the World Trade Center recovery site for about 7
months. He has since created the non-profit Ground Zero Museum Workshop to share his unique images with the
world. This tiny museum, opened in 2005, is located in the Meatpacking District, about 8 minutes north of
the 9/11 Memorial site. In addition to his images, you'll see video footage and artifacts found in the rubble, including
recovery workers' digging tools and items donated by firefighters, police officers and victims' family members.
Due to the small size of the museum, it may only be seen by purchasing an advance ticket for a tour. 28 guests per
2-hour tour. There is also a gift shop. Tours often sell out in advance, so be sure to get your
online tickets early. One day per week, Mr. Suson
pops in to meet and chat with visitors. (212) 920-4264.
St. Paul's Chapel's 9/11 Memorial (209 Broadway)
Just across the street from the World Trade Center sits
St. Paul's Chapel. It is quite amazing that this church suffered no
structural damage on September 11. During the month's of recovery and
clean-up at Ground Zero, St. Paul's
Chapel provided meals and a place to rest for police, firefighters, recovery
workers and others. Many volunteers came to the chapel to offer their
services and support, from massage therapists to musicians. Today you can
visit the chapel and browse their memorial, which consists of photographs,
flags, banners and a variety of notes and items sent to rescue workers and
NYC Fire Museum 9/11 Exhibit (278
Located about 1.5 miles north of the 9/11 Memorial is the NYC Fire Museum
which features an exhibit paying
tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on September 11. On display
are pictures of the firefighters, as well as objects recovered from Ground Zero
recovery. There is also a wall-sized timeline covering the day's events.
There is also a museum gift shop with all sort of FDNY
apparel, books, toys and souvenirs.
The Skyscraper Museum 9/11 Exhibit (39 Battery
Located in the Ritz Carlton Battery Park Building, about one-half mile
south of the 9/11 Memorial, is the
Skyscraper Museum which features a permanent exhibition for the history of the World Trade Center and Twin
Towers, as well as the events of September 11 and the rebuilding of the complex.
An Emotional Must See
New York and its visitors, along with the world, have
vowed to never forget the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the innocent lives that were
lost. No trip to New York would be complete without a glimpse into that
day and the incredible spirit of humankind thereafter.
Independent Tours including the 9/11 Memorial
In addition to the tours offered directly at
the 9/11 Memorial and the WTC Tribute Center, there are a number of independent New York sightseeing
companies that include tours of the World Trade Center area and the 9/11
You can browse the chart below, then click on any tours you are interested in to
learn more about scheduling, tickets, etc. The chart identifies the name
of tour (click on the name for more information), the transportation mode, a
brief description, the length of the tour, whether it includes entrance to the 9/11 Memorial
and, if so, whether you're on your own or led by the tour guide.
Name of Tour
World Trade Center 2-Hour Walking Tour
Tour the WTC complex and surrounding points
WTC 3-Hour Walking Tour, with 9/11 Memorial Ticket
Tour the WTC complex and surrounding points
of interest, as well as the 9/11 Memorial.
NYC Freedom Tour-Land & Sea with 9/11 Memorial Ticket
Bus, Boat, Walking
Times Square, Battery Park, 9/11 Memorial,
South Street Seaport, Brooklyn and various landmarks.
New York City Lunch Cruise, with 9/11 Memorial Ticket
Hudson River boat cruise with lunch buffet; various
landmarks and entrance to the 9/11 Memorial.
New York Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise, with 9/11 Memorial Ticket
This on/off boat cruise allows you to
sightsee at any or all of the scheduled stops, then rejoin the cruise at
a later time. At the Battery Park stop, you will take a short walk
to the 9/11 Memorial with your timed entrance pass.
New York Helicopter Flight: Grand Island
While this tour does not provide an
opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial, it does take you over the World
Trade Center complex.