The 9/11 Memorial and Museum — God Bless Them All

posted by Sharon May 21, 2017 31 Comments
New York 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum honors those who we lost on that fateful day in 2001. Opened in July of 2014, years after 9/11, the museum is built on the actual spot where the twin towers stood. It is a place of dignity, where respect is paid to all those who lost their lives or aided others and survived. Here are some highlights of our somber visit.

The Reflecting Pools

Your first glimpse of the memorial is the two reflecting pools. These sit in the “footprint” of the twin towers. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Memorial and MuseumThe waterfalls and pools are lined with bronze panels engraved with the names of everyone who died in the 1993 and 2001 attacks. Standing in the presence of this vast roll call of names, you begin to realize the extent of the loss on 9/11. This was the largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil, as well as the greatest loss of rescue personnel in the history of America. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The Tridents

Entering the museum, you go down a ramp watched over by the towering tridents. These are 70 feet high and were a part of the North Tower. They were moved to the museum area in 2010. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Memorial and MuseumAn audio guide tells about many stops in the museum. You can rent one in the entrance hall, or you can download the 9/11 Memorial Museum app and listen on your phone. I did this before I left for New York, and it worked well. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Memorial and MuseumFoundation Hall

Here you see the slurry wall of the North Tower that held back the river and the Last Column. This is the final steel beam left standing at Ground Zero. It’s signed by rescue personnel and those who helped move it to this hall in 2013. Today, it’s a symbol of resilience. As one of the scribbled tributes to the lost and the helpers reads: “God bless them all.” 9/11 Memorial and Museum

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Moving down by escalator, you pass the Survivor Stairs. These are the actual stairs people descended to emerge onto the street. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Memorial and Museum9/11 Memorial and MuseumIn the center is the memorial wall of blue tiles. The artist studied weather records and made a tile of each color of the sky on 9/11. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Ladder Company 3 Truck

Assigned to rescue those in the North Tower, Ladder Company 3 arrived and all 11 firefighters entered the building. They all lost their lives, and their truck is on display as a remembrance. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Memorial and MuseumMangled Steel

This is called Impact Steel and is the point of the outside of the North Tower where the plane hit floors 93 through 99. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

This steel beam bent back on itself in the collapse of the tower. It weighs 8 tons and has no cracks. Even steel workers are amazed. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The Survivor Tree

One pear tree stood still living in the rubble of the towers. With its broken branches and roots, it was dug up and transplanted outside what is now the memorial and museum. It flourishes among the many other trees now planted in the plaza. After spending hours in the sobering 9/11 Memorial and Museum, we came outside to stand under this tree, which, as the museum says, is a “living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth.” 9/11 Memorial and Museum

If You Go:

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is open daily.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for college students, seniors, and veterans, and $15 for youth 7 through 17. You can order tickets in advance online or use a New York City Pass to prepurchase tickets at a discount and go to the front of the line. This is what we did and it worked well. 9/11 Memorial and Museum

 

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31 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin May 22, 2017 at 9:06 am

I haven’t been to the museum, but saw the memorial right as it was opening. It is so powerful!

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Jackie May 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

We were there in 2014 but the museum hadn’t yet opened.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linky May 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm

I don’t think the horror of that day will ever be diminished.
Thank you for sharing these moving photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-beautiful-city-of-jaffa.html.
May God bless those who survived, those who were lost, and their families.

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Marie-OR May 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm

So heartbreaking! I’ve never seen these images. We have to always remember!

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artmusedog and carol May 22, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Sharon very wonderful photos and post of a very sad event for our country ~ thanks for the tribute ~

Happy Weekend ahead ~ ^_^

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Jim, Sydney, Australia May 23, 2017 at 12:56 am

Sad memories but good monument.
Sydney – City and Suburbs

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Colleen@looseleafnotes May 23, 2017 at 3:49 am

They are so hard to look at, but I still appreciate seeing these. I may never see the real place. Thanks for taking them.

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bettyl - NZ May 23, 2017 at 7:13 am

Thanks so much for the detailed tour. It is so moving, I can’t imagine how you felt being there.

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jesh StG May 23, 2017 at 8:14 am

The details bear so much significance, Sharon. Love the wall of tributes to! The twisted pieces of metal are a stark reminder of the damage and destruction. Thank you for the reminder at All Seasons we cannot ever forget this horrific day. Also like you showed the survivor stairs. Even here there is some hope, and have heard f several instances of divine intervention.

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Lady Fi May 23, 2017 at 11:48 am

A beautiful tribute!

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Jane @ Raincity Librarian May 23, 2017 at 3:32 pm

It’s hard to believe how many years have passed since that day – I still remember it so clearly, like it was yesterday. For the kids and teens I work with, though, it’s a historical event that happened before they were even born, so I’m glad we have respectful, informative memorial and museums like this to help them explore the past.

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Hilary May 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

A moving tribute, I teared up reading this. I’ve been to the memorial and it’s beautifully done, however, my youngest son, wasn’t old enough to visit the museum, so we will have to visit the next time we are in the NYC. #citytripping

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Lolo May 23, 2017 at 8:36 pm

Wow! Such a lovely tribute to 9/11! Way more than I had expected! I was there in 2005, so it was still under construction yet just as sensitive then as the day it happened! #CityTripping

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Molly May 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm

I have heard that this is a very moving place. If I ever get to NY I shall definitely check it out

Mollyx

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Bryna | Dotted Line Travels May 24, 2017 at 2:09 am

I visited before the memorial museum opened – it looks like it is beautifully done. I remember being very moved by the reflecting pools. I think seeing all the names engraved in stone really got to me. To think they all had family and loved ones who are now missing an important person in their lives.

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riitta k May 24, 2017 at 3:46 am

Beautiful photos – that was a terrible day. And terrorism continues today….

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Mandy May 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

With Love,
Mandy

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) May 24, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for walking us through this incredibly sobering museum Sharon. Work had only just started on it when I was last in New York so interesting to see it finished. Looks like a good job had been done and it’s a fitting and thought-provoking memorial. #citytripping

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Buckeroomama May 25, 2017 at 12:54 am

I would love to visit this one day. Such a sobering site. The very last time I was in NYC, I’d actually met up with a friend at the WTC.

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Patrick Weseman May 25, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Thanks for hosting and I would love to visit this site one day.

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jill May 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I’ve been to the memorial site but not the museum. I think it will take quite a bit of psyching up for me to do the museum but it is definitely someplace I want to visit. It looks like it is very beautifully done. Thanks for walking us through it.

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Lyf&Spice May 27, 2017 at 5:38 am

That’s such a heart-warming post! You’ve captured it well in pictures. Cheers!! #TPThursday

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Harmony, Momma To Go May 28, 2017 at 1:02 am

I live in NY. It would be very hard for me to visit this museum. I’m sure someday my kids will want to visit to learn about this as a historical event

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Kelly & Dusty May 28, 2017 at 1:09 am

We were there before the memorial opened. We hope to get back there. It is definitely an emotional experience.

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Ryan Woods May 28, 2017 at 1:10 am

Love how you captured the 9/11 Memorial!

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Julz May 28, 2017 at 3:24 am

What a beautiful place to remember that dreadful day. #WeekendWanderlust

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Sarah May 28, 2017 at 7:22 am

We were their back in 2011 before the memorial was started and I remember vividly the emotion I felt as I stood there, in the place where so many lost their lives,

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Tooting Mama May 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

I have yet to visit New York and if we do I would like to see the memorial. It’s a hugely moving tribute to such an awful tragedy. #citytripping

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jeanne stone May 29, 2017 at 10:46 am

This is a place filled with the power of remembrance. Thank you for sharing!

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budget jan June 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

A horrible occurrence that won’t be forgotten. I love the photos you’ve shown us – the steel beams and twisted metal – a reminder.

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