If the 9/11 Memorial is about reflecting, the 9/11 Museum is about remembering. The museum officially opened on May 21, 2014, and features a slew of multimedia exhibits, over 10,000 artifacts, 23,000 images and almost 2,000 oral histories by loved ones of those lost in the attack. The historic site also pays tribute to the survivors of 9/11. Located roughly 70 feet underground, the museum was designed by Davis Brody Bond. Watch the museum prepare for opening day below.
With over 110,000-square-feet of space, the museum houses several interactive exhibits. The Historical Exhibition has three parts: Witnesses at Ground Zero features photos captured between September 12 and 16 by a visiting French photographer who volunteered to help with rescue efforts at Ground Zero. an exhibit with artists responding to the event with their unforgettable works; cover stories from various magazines and publications; and a memorial section for those who lost their lives. By combining video, still images, drawings, and paintings, these displays make up a comprehensive commemoration of the fateful day.
By combining video, still images, drawings, and paintings, these displays make up a comprehensive commemoration of the fateful day.
One World Trade Center, the Memorial, and the Museum give visitors the opportunity to connect with feelings of anguish and quietly reflect on 9/11's role in both their personal and national history. But those aren't the only emotions. They also come away with feelings of survivorship, pride, perserverance, and hope, The whole experience aims to help New York City and the country as a whole move forward, by granting the time and space to heal as well as an opportunity to look towards a bright future.
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