When Planning that NYC trip, Visit the 911 Memorial

by Rachel Baker on September 11, 2013

The National September 11 memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a ceremony for the victims’ families., and opened to the public on September 12, 2011. Due to the continued construction of the Museum, the park requires an advance pass to visit.

The names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terrorist attacks will be inscribed on bronze panels lining the two pools. Waterfalls will cascade down all four sides of each pool, creating a special place for remembrance and reflection. The surrounding plaza will be filled with oak trees and a callery pear known as the Survivor Tree, which was nursed back to health after surviving the 9/11 attacks.

The entrance to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a large pavilion with a glass atrium, houses two enormous tridents within its glass atrium. The tridents are artifacts from the steel façade of the original 1 WTC, also known as the North Tower. Although the pavilion will be inaccessible to 9/11 Memorial visitors, the majestic tridents will be visible from the plaza. The pavilion will open to the public when the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens.

At the time of the opening, some necessary construction on the plaza will continue. Visitors will be able to stand at the heart of the WTC where the twin towers once stood and witness the historic rebuilding taking place around them. In particular, the northeast corner of the plaza will be under construction because of its close proximity to the concourse level of the stunning, new WTC Transportation Hub, which has a separate construction schedule. Four new towers are rising just beyond the northwest and southeast corners of the plaza.


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