On September 11, 2001, suicide-piloted jetliners destroyed The World Trade Center's twin 110-story towers. Where the Twin Towers stood, now there are two reflecting pools that are each one acre in size.
This area is a moving tribute to the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and to the six people who lost their lives in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. And it also honors and recognizes the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of everyone shown during these darkest hours.
These pools, surrounded by trees and grass, are the largest artificial waterfalls in North America. Around the pools, there are bronze panels with the names of all those who were killed in the attacks. And that sight is incredibly overwhelming.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum is located in an architecturally stunning, curving glass building between the two pools. The building is constructed around the remnants of the World Trade Center and incorporates the old structures within the extraordinary new museum building. The museum tells the story of 9/11, its aftermath, and its impact on the world.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum is one of New York's most popular attractions and it creates a lot of demand. The best way to avoid disappointment is to purchase tickets in advance. If you're traveling as a family, Family Pass (two adult tickets and three child/young adult tickets (ages 7 to 17) at a discounted price) is available.
Please Note: At the moment, Museum capacity is limited to 25 percent, and all visitors are required to wear CDC-approved face masks and purchase tickets in advance for timed visits that allow for social distancing.