911 Memorial Facts

911 Memorial Facts
The 911 Memorial is a museum and a memorial in New York City that was built to honor those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the bombing in 1993. It was built on the site where the Twin Towers stood before the attacks on Sept. 11. A non-profit institution raises funds, operates the museum, and the memorial. Construction began on the museum and memorial in August, 2006. The memorial opened to victim's families on Sept. 11, 2011, and to the public the following day. The museum was open to victim's families and for dedication on May 15, 2014 and open to the public on the 21st of the same month.
Interesting 911 Memorial Facts:
The dedication of the museum included remarks by President Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg.
There are more than 14,000 artifacts in the museum with approximately 1,000 available to be seen by the public. There are more than 500 hours of video and more than 3,500 audio recordings from that day.
Only about 10% of the museum's permanent collection is on display.
The smallest artifact in the museum is less than an inch tall and the tallest reaches almost 84 feet.
Many of the artifacts were so large that they had to be lowered into the museum.
The fire truck from FDNY Ladder Company 3, which was seriously damaged on 9/11 is on display. It had to be lowered into the museum by a crane. 12 men from this fire company died on 9/11.
There are many educational opportunities at the 9/11 museum, including workshops, tours, and activities for children.
Millions of people have visited the 9/11 memorial site and museum since it opened.
Pope Francis visited the site on Sept. 25, 2015. Royalty have also visited the site in honor of the victims.
Architects of the 9/11 memorial include Michael Arad of Handel Architects, Peter Walker and Partners, Davis Brody Bond, and Snohetta.
The first artifact placed inside the museum was the Survivors' Staircase. This staircase served as an escape route for evacuees during the attacks on 9/11. Hundreds were saved because of these granite-covered stairs.
The Survivor Tree is a pear tree that survived the attacks and was replanted at the site.
Within only three months of opening, the memorial had already been visited by more than 1 million people.
The names of the victims on 9/11 are inscribed on the edge of the reflecting pools, including the 2,977 from Sept. 11, 2001, and the names of the 6 people killed in the bombing in 1993.
In 2018 it was revealed that there are plans to create a memorial path on the site for those who got sick or died working as first responders at the site after the attack.
When the museum was dedicated there were several notable people in attendance including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, NY Governor Cuomo, former mayors such as Rudy Giuliani and the mayor at the time Bill de Blasio.

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