9/11 Memorial & Museum - NYC
The National 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2011 (the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks) in a ceremony at Ground Zero for victims’ family members. The memorial opened to the public one day later, on September 12th. The Memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers that were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.
The Memorial Plaza is one of the most sustainable, green plazas ever built. The eight-acre park features over 400 oak trees surrounding the Memorial pools – and an interactive Memorial Museum honoring the 2,982 people who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 and in the 2/26/1993 World Trade Center bombing. Names of those killed in both attacks are inscribed in bronze on the low wall surrounding the Memorial pool. The Memorial and Museum are located at 180 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan. Admission is free to the public.
The Memorial is open on Thursday and Friday from 12pm-7pm, and Saturday-Wednesday from 10am-5pm.
National 9/11 Memorial Museum
President Obama dedicated The National 9/11 Memorial Museum on May 15, 2014 and it officially opened to the public on May 21, 2014. The museum was built around the Survivor Stairs from the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Upon entering the museum, voices can be heard from Americans around the country echoing where they were on September 11, 2001. Stand in the footprints of New York’s two mighty towers in this sacred place of healing and hope. Tickets are required for Museum admission.
The Museum is open Thursday and Friday from 12pm-7pm, and Saturday-Monday from 10am-5pm.
Queen Elizabeth II Garden
The Queen Elizabeth II Garden is a memorial for British and Commonwealth victims of the 9/11 attacks. Prince Harry took part in the official naming ceremony, honoring the 67 British victims of the terrorist attack and planted a tree (magnolia bush) at the garden during his Royal visit in May 2009. It was dedicated in 2005 by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla (Duchess of Cornwall). The park received it’s “royal opening” with a ribbon-cutting from Queen Elizabeth during her whirlwind visit to New York on July 6, 2010. The memorial garden is located in Hanover Square, in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District.