Photos: First Look at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Artifacts from the original Twin Towers at the 9/11 Museum. Artifacts from the original Twin Towers at the 9/11 Museum. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The National September 11 Memorial Museum is preparing to open its doors to victims' families on Thursday. Situated below the original Twin Towers, the museum features hundreds of artifacts from ground zero, as well as audio recordings of 911 phone calls, voice mails and oral histories of survivors.

Carl Krebs, the design architect for the museum, said the open hall, 70 feet underground in the footprint of the North Tower, is a powerful part of the museum. "We felt that this large void was an important symbol for the site; it reflected the scale and the absence of towers," he said.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the chairman of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, called its opening an important milestone for the city. "The museum is a place to understand 9/11 through the lives of those killed and those who rushed here to help," he said, speaking at a media preview of the museum.

There will be a six-day dedication period, in which the museum will be open 24 hours for the families of victims. It will open to the public next Wednesday. Tickets are $24, but are free for victims of families and 9/11 rescue and recovery workers.

Here's a time-lapse video of the site's construction — photos of the museum are below.


The entrance to the 9/11 Museum is just below ground level and leads to a long ramp that goes 70 feet underground. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The "We Remember" exhibit features recordings of people recounting their memories of where they were on 9/11. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The slurry wall, part of the original Twin Towers' foundation, which was not destroyed when the buildings collapsed. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The North Tower's elevator motor, which was severed by Flight 11 and left hundreds of people stranded above floor 93. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani touring the 9/11 Museum. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Ladder Company 3's truck at the bedrock level of the museum. All 11 members of the company died in the North Tower when it collapsed. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)



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May. 16 2014 04:15 PM
James Sphilly from Philadelphia, PA, US.

Has the question been answered? What is the purpose and use of this money being collect??? Americans had a responsibility to build this tribute, but like all great national memorials, visitors should not be charged to pay their respects. I hope the families of 9/11 victims fight on. You are right to be outraged.

May. 16 2014 03:04 PM
Anthony Margraf from New York

How many citizens, even New Yorkers are aware that the towers were not constructed to comply with New York City building and fire code. This code is a model throughout the U. S. and other countries. The towers were built with the objective of maximum rental space. Hundreds of lives were sacrificed in the name of profits, this is not idle talk. The property is owned by the Port Authority and is exempt from the New York city codes. Multiple story buildings are required to have the fire stairs enclosed in four hour fire walls, usually thick concrete. The towers had a double layer of sheet rock, blown away on the planes impact, trapping hundreds. The placing of exit stairs mostly around the elevator shafts, an absolute dangerous situation, exit stairs should be positioned far apart as possible. The elevator shafts were also enclosed only in double sheet rock. Space does not permit the many deficiencies that added to this grievous disaster. I am a retied member of FDNY

May. 16 2014 02:47 PM
Joe Taranto from Melbourne, Australia

No problem with charging to enter this site, but I would query what the money raised, is used for. If I could be certain that it would be to the benefit of the vast number of people affected by this event, I would be happy paying even more. The sadness of that time really hasn't diminished in my mind. Every time something brings back the memories of that day, I feel just as sorry, that we as a race have come to this, as I did on the day it happened.

May. 16 2014 12:09 AM

I can kind of understand the argument regarding the entrance cost, but the lighting complaints?? Yes we'd love to see these remnants more clearly via our computers, but you complainers are missing the point entirely. This is about one of our darkest days. A bright room with obnoxious light shining on the artifacts would be totally inappropriate and would set the wrong tone.

This is about quiet and deep reflection for the lives lost, pain suffered and loving support/embrace we all gave each other in the aftermath.

Thank you for this memorial! God bless the fallen and the affected. You are forever in my heart any prayers.

-Love from Chicago-

May. 15 2014 07:44 PM
Gio from Brooklyn

I feel that paying a fee, the exchange of money, will underscore the fact that you are entering a place of tribute and remembrance. This is not a park and should not be treated like a place to recreate like the High Line or Battery Park. I feel this way especially regarding the tourists who will be visiting. Maybe they should give a discount to those who reside in NYC.

May. 15 2014 04:44 PM
Wendy from Manhattan

Unconscionable, exorbitant pricing for this museum. $24 to get in?? Only the wealthy will be able to afford admittance. It would cost a family of four $80 to go in!

All the Smithsonian museums are free....this museum got millions and millions in donations. Obviously it was not used to help people be able to visit affordably; but they had no problem commissioneing an artist to paint some original shades of blue??? Bravo NY Daily News for taking a stand in their editorial today.

I lived thru it but would not pay that much to revisit what is still so fresh and painful in my heart. Shame on the 9/11 museum.

If you feel the same, please comment at the 9/11 museum's presence on Facebook.

May. 15 2014 12:41 PM
Randy L from Brooklyn, NY

ghoulish, highly questionable on many levels. maybe Guilianni will campaign here soon?

May. 15 2014 10:48 AM
sg from Brooklyn 11206

poor photography. I wish WNYC would spend a little more to get better images especially during a pledge drive. Gothamist has an impressive slideshow of beautiful photos provided by the museum. It made me want to visit the museum. These do not do justice. Seem an afterthought. The Giuliani photo?

May. 15 2014 10:27 AM
Kristen Marquardt from L.I. New York

I am very proud of being a New Yorker and will be honored to visit this amazing memorial. I am watching it live and am truly touched. Thanks to everyone that gave their lives that da

May. 15 2014 10:25 AM
Zab from Brooklyn

oh THAT'S what makes it depressing, Philip?

May. 15 2014 10:17 AM
philip from brooklyn

you need better photography

whay we see is so dark its depressing

May. 15 2014 07:48 AM

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