The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has announced the completion of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, upholding a commitment to honor the heroes, remember the victims and preserve the history of the 9/11 attacks, their precursors and aftermath for generations to come.
A tribute-filled, days-long Dedication Period, which includes a ceremony and Museum previews, begins today, May 15th, 2014 and lasts through May 20 for 9/11 families, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders, survivors and lower Manhattan residents and business owners. Keeping the Museum's doors open for 24 hours during this period will also serve as a small tribute to the thousands of Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers who worked around the clock in the aftermath of 9/11 as the city, the nation and the world supported them. The Museum then opens to the public on May 21st.
“The opening of the 9/11 Museum is an important milestone for our city and our country,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Chairman of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Philanthropist and Mayor of New York City from 2002-2013. “The Museum tells heartbreaking stories of unimaginable loss, but also inspiring stories of courage and compassion. Its opening honors the commitment we made to 9/11 family members and to all future generations: That we would never forget those we lost or the terrible lessons we learned that day. So many people from across the country and around the world made the Museum possible -- including New York City school children who donated their pennies -- and they all have my deepest gratitude."
“The 9/11 Memorial Museum is here for the world to come reflect on one of the most pivotal moments in history. Ultimately, this Museum will express what those who attacked us did not understand--that the ties that bind us strengthen in the most extraordinary ways when we are faced with the most unimaginable circumstances,” said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels. "Tomorrow’s 9/11 Memorial Museum dedication marks a historic moment, and sharing this institution first with those so deeply a part of 9/11 history is a tremendous honor for all involved in the Museum’s creation. Thank you to the thousands of men and women who have made this Museum a reality."
Davis Brody Bond is the lead architect on the Museum below the Memorial plaza. The Museum’s entry pavilion was designed by Snøhetta. The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space tells the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, personal narratives and a collection of monumental and personal artifacts. The space includes two core exhibitions at the archeological heart of the site: the memorial exhibition, called “In Memoriam,” and a three-part historical exhibition that explores the day of the attacks, what led to them and their aftermath. The exhibition designers include Thinc, Local Projects and Layman Design.
As part of the Dedication Period, the 9/11 Memorial will host a 24-hour “Pop-Up Community” on Greenwich Street next to the Museum, with refreshments and information about lower Manhattan. It will be open to the general public from 6 p.m. tomorrow, May 15 through 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.
To plan your visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, visit www.911memorial.org.