In the footprints of where the Twin Towers once stood are North America’s largest man-made waterfalls, the bottom of which seems to be impossible to see. The twin reflecting pools, the 9/11 Memorial designed by Michael Arad, are a solemn reminder of all that was lost during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Lining the pools, each one acre in size, are bronze panels with the names of the 3,000 deceased victims from the attacks, including the rescue personnel who died helping the other victims. The surrounding white oak trees, which were harvested from areas near the attack sites in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, are a living reminder of the events that changed the nation. For those who wish to pay their respects to the tragedy and learn more about the events that transpired, the museum serves as the leading collection of artifacts and documentation of September 11. Inside this museum, located seven stories below ground in the footprint of the former towers, visitors can hear first hand accounts of survivors, see picture and video footage of the attacks and see recovered objects such as a wrecked recovery vehicles, large pieces of warped metal foundation and the 30-foot National 9/11 Flag.
|Venue name:||The 9/11 Memorial and Museum||Contact:|
Enter at Liberty Street and Greenwich Street
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am–8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains to Fulton Street,2 or 3 trains to Park Place, E train to World Trade Center,R train to Rector Street, R train to Cortlandt Street, 1 train to Rector Street|
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The 9/11Memorial fountains are so visually and emotionally affecting. Watching the water cascade into a black abyss is mesmorizing but also deeply moving. There are few memorial sites I have been to that have had such a lasting effect on me as this has. I was not able to go into the museum at the time I visited, but coming and simply standing by the pools was worth the visit alone for me. The One World tower is also very impressive to see; the sheer height is mind bowing. I would definitely recommend coming and having a quite moment here.