On September 11, 2001 there was a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group, Al-Qaeda, against the United States, referred to as 9/11. The attacks were terrible events because they killed about 3,000 people and injured over 6,000 others. It was the worst terrorist incident in history of the United States, upsetting the global situation. May 21, 2014 a 9/11 Memorial & Museum was built on Ground Zero of New York City, the site of the World Trade Center where one of the attacks happened.
The historical exhibition has three parts exploring the day of 9/11, before 9/11 and after 9/11. It is displayed in chronological order, so it is easier to understand. It shows the story of the events at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. It tells the background of the events, their aftermath, and continuing implications. The exhibition hall contains stories and photographs of witnesses at that time, and actual building materials are also displayed. There is also a fire truck used by fire fighters at that time, the survivor’s stairway used as an escape, and live news from all over the world showing the situation at the time.
The most impressive aspect to me is the Vesey Street stair remnant: The “Survivors’ Stairs” that were actually used when escaping, called “the path to freedom.” Video and live news from the world of the actual accident are also memorable. Looking at the actual architecture and the videos showing the situation at that time, I could feel the seriousness of the event.
Before I went to this museum, I did not know much about the 9/11 incident because I was young, and I did not actually see it. So, it was good for me to know more about 9/11 and to feel the event deeply through the exhibition. When you go to New York, you should go to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
* Location: 180 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007
* Open Time: Sun.–Thu., 9 a.m.–8 p.m. with last entry* at 6 p.m.
Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m.–9 p.m. with last entry* at 7 p.m.
* Admission: Adult $26, US College Student $20, Young Adult(13-17) $20, and Youth(7-12) $15