9/11 Museum Finally Opening

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After much anticipation, the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York will open May 21, following a five-day dedication period.

Although the World Trade Center memorial fountains that occupy the space of the former Twin Towers have been open to the public since 2011, 10 years after the attacks, the museum opening has been delayed. The completed museum will now open to showcase the history of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and honor the 2,983 people who lost their lives, including the first responders who made daring rescues to save those inside the Twin Towers. “In Memoriam” will be the main exhibit at the 110,000-square-foot museum and will include artifacts from the site, personal belongings, and audio and video footage, including items from the February 26, 1993, bombing of the World Trade Center, which took six lives.

Between May 15 and May 20, the museum will be open 24 hours a day for an exclusive dedication period, open to survivors, relatives, first responder agencies, rescue workers and lower Manhattan residents and business owners. Families and rescue workers who register with the Memorial will receive unlimited free admission to the museum, although reservations are required during the dedication period.

Public access tickets will go on sale today. Admission will be free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Adult tickets will be $24.

–Lissa Poirot

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