Reliving 9/11: Memorial Museum set to open!
By Komal Jain On 19 May, 2014 At 02:01 PM | Categorized As Buzz in Town, International | With 0 Comments
Nobody really wants to remember the horrors of 9/11, we would rather erase the day from memory if we could. It’s a whole other story for the survivors, the victims and their families, for them the horror of it all is but a blink away.

The 9/11 memorial museum is an attempt made by around 35,000 people, who had come together with this initiative 8 years ago.

What exactly is this museum all about?
Located in Downtown Manhattan, it sums up the fateful days post the attack in September 2001. This museum is a documentary of the anger, fear and aftermath of 9/11. There are artifacts like burnt police badges, burnt antennas from the WTC and moving displays of a fire engine that got shattered in the collapse of the towers.

There is a wall displaying the photographs of the victims. Aptly called ‘The Wall of Faces’, it will make your heart go out to them and their families. There are numerous artifacts that will help you understand the real extent of the tragedy of that day.

About 8,000 unidentified body parts are now stored out of sight in a “remains repository” at the museum’s underground home.

Where & When ??

The museum is located at ground zero, below street level and built against a wall that had survived the 9/11 attacks.

It’s scheduled to open on May 21, 2014.

The ‘Questionable’ Gift Shop

The presence of a gift shop inside a museum that is invested in the lives of so many people is an open invitation controversy.  Besides other “tacky” trinkets and baubles, you will find  FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority Police T-shirts and caps,  earrings molded from leaves and blossoms of downtown trees, cop and firefighter charms by Pandora and other jewelers and  “United We Stand” blankets.

The gift shop has attracted negative responses with families of the victim’s expressing public outrage and dismay calling it a “money-making venture to support inflated salaries.”

Booking and charges
The rates range from $15 up to $24, depending upon your age.
Admission is free for all visitors on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more details, check out the website here.


Komal Jain

About - Komal Jain is an IT professional during day and a writer at all other times. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering, but she tries to ignore it and finds peace and purpose in writing. Travelling, eating, and writing is what she basically wants to do with her life.

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