The tragedy of the 11th of September changed the face of New York forever. The memorial is situated today directly on the spot, where the legendary towers of the world trade center stood. Officially, it is called the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, although many call it the Ground Zero. In the first three months after its opening, it was visited by about one million people.
The history of the Memorial began in 2003, when the Development Corporation of Lower Manhattan announced a competition for the best project of the monument. In 2004, the "Reflection of absence" was announced as the winner of the competition. It was created by the American-Israeli architect Michael Arad of the company Handel Architects. In that project, he was helped by the landscape designer Peter Walker. The project involved the creation of two pools with the largest artificial waterfalls that cascades falling from the edges of pools, located exactly at those places where skyscrapers were. The area of each pool is of 4 thousand square meters, and they both symbolize the human tragedy and the void left after the terrorist attacks. As for the landscape, created by the Walker, it includes 4 hundred eucalyptus trees and white oaks planted in the territory of the memorial Plaza.
The budget allotted for the construction of the Memorial and Museum reached 530 million dollars with an additional 60 from the state of New York. The construction began on the 13th of March 2006. The construction took place under the leadership of the special fund World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the organization Port Authority. By 2008, the majority of works on the foundations of skyscrapers was completed. The same year, the first column with the weight of 7700 pounds was erected near the spot where the North tower had stood. In the summer of 2010, trees were planted around the memorial. Bronze plaques with the names of all the victims of the terrorist attacks of 2001 and 1993 were installed at the edges of pools. The official opening took place on the 12th of September 2011.
The Museum was opened in the fall of 2012. Its collection includes a huge variety of exhibits such as photographs, video and audio, all sorts of artefacts and evidences that tell about the worst day in the history of New York.
Daily: 7:30 - 21:00
9/11 Memorial Museum
VII - IV: 09:00 - 20:00
V - VI: 09:00 - 21:00
180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007, USA
40° 42′ 42.1″ N, 74° 0′ 49″ W
Regular price: $24
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Children price: Freen under 6 years