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9/11 Memorial: A Must See In New York


NYC Freedom Tower with 9/11 Memorial Art

When you visit New York, you’ll have to stop by the 9/11 Memorial.  The 9/11 Memorial is located on the former site of the twin towers, in downtown Manhattan.  The memorial itself includes a museum, two large water-filled memorial pits, and what appears to be an interesting piece of art (it was still under construction).

The large pits were breathtaking.  There are two pits–one for each tower–and they are located where the towers once stood.  Water flows down the side of the pit and falls into a large pool surrounded by lights.  The water then falls into a pit that is so deep you cannot see the bottom.  The sound of the falling water is impressive and helps drown out the sound of the surrounding city.  Each pit is surrounded by a large metal plate that is engraved with the names of the folks who died when the twin towers collapsed, as well as folks who died at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

The large white fin-looking structure was under construction so I’m not exactly sure what it is.  It appears to be some sort of artwork?

The museum had a long line of people waiting to enter.  Unfortunately, I was unable to enter the museum before it closed for the day.  Once inside, there is a set of escalators that take folks to a portion of the museum that is located underground.  Movies play in the museum and various artifacts from 9/11 are on display.  Museum entry tickets were pricey (included below).

Getting to the 9/11 memorial is fairly easy considering it is located in downtown Manhattan.  You can cab or take the subway–several subway lines have stops within walking distance of the memorial.  The memorial is also within walking distance of the Statute of Liberty/ Ellis Island ferry.

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Even if you cannot see the museum, you should check out the 9/11 memorial while in New York.

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