Ground Zero Museum Workshop

Ground Zero Museum Workshop

Ground Zero Museum Workshop
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Wednesday
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:30 PM - 3:45 PM
About
9/11 Museum Workshop: 100 Images & Artifacts from 9/11, in the Meatpacking District near High Line Park. Experience what it was like to be with FDNY Firefighters on the front lines after the 9/11 attacks and educate your kids about 9/11 in a gentle, non-threatening way. Experience the stunning images of Official Ground Zero Photographer Gary Marlon Suson. "Rare Photos" (N.Y. Times) are displayed, some in lifelike 3-D. Winner of Trip Advisor's "Top 25 Museums in the USA” Award for 2013/2014 and a member of Trip Advisor's "Hall of Fame." Presented in BOSE Audio. Praised by parents as a "safe" intro to 9/11 for their young kids. Guests allowed to pick up rare World Trade artifacts. 1-Hour audio tours Wednesday to Saturday include self-guided audio narration in English, Italian, French and Spanish. Walk-ins welcome. "Incredible" says Fox News. Tastefully and realistically presented. See the "Bible Page" and "Frozen Clock." A wonderful “first stop” before your visit to the 9/11 Memorial.
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  • 14th St / 8th Ave • 5 min walk
  • 8th Ave • 5 min walk
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  • Antje K
    Gelsenkirchen, Germany6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emotional, unique and personal account of the recovery efforts at Ground Zero - educational and impressive for all ages!
    What a special, unique and intimate experience! We took our 9 year old son who we had talked to about the events of this day. Visiting this workshop put faces, personalities and names to the facts - not only for our son, but also for us. The pictures, artifacts and first-hand account of the only photographer who was allowed at the site puts the spotlight on the recovery efforts and the brave men and women who put their own lives in danger (and made the ultimate sacrifice years after their work at Ground Zero) to give the families of the victims some form of peace. Several stories stuck in my head and forever changed me. We got to meet Gary Suson in person and are amazed by his passion and commitment to sharing the things he saw, experienced and which undoubtedly stay with him until this day. The stories he shares through the self-guided audio tour by telling them himself are full of emotion and left an impact on all of us. Thank you Gary, we really appreciate your time and effort to make this experience as personal as it gets.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • paintingbasil
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highly memorable, poignant and educational experience
    Definitely the most memorable and poignant part of our trip to NYC. Our guide was the photographer, Gary Suson, which gave a unique insight into the 9/11 tragedy and subsequent aftermath. The tour was pitched perfectly for our children aged 10 & 12 with a very insightful and succinct audio tour. To be able to hold actual ground zero artefacts was both a unique and thought provoking experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 19, 2023
  • porkypielynne
    Somerset, United Kingdom102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought Provoking
    Wow when in New York you must visit this Museum we were very fortunate as we had Gary Marlon Suson as our guide .It was excellent the emotion and the passion that comes from Gary is incredible with what he experienced post 911. I don’t have enough words to explain why you should visit .But please do . But my experience will stay with me forever.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 27, 2023
  • hsp23
    Toronto, Canada20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strongly recommend for everyone
    Hard to describe how poignant this was. It was deep and meaningful and touched my entire family- with kids ranging from 11-20 years old. The pictures are excellent and the audio your adds so much to the powerful experience.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 3, 2024
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pinkladies29
Chicago, IL1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Not as inspiring or moving as I thought it would be. The photographer's photos are amateur at best! I could have taken better photos with my point and shoot. He also calls himself "Chief", which is a very offensive title for someone who is not a firefighter nor helped save lives on that dreadful day! Liar! Due to his self-centered, egotistical and condescending attitude, I will not recommend this museum to anyone as he is obviously in it only for the money.
For someone who is so moved by patriotic moments such as this sad day in American history, he sure has a poor way of showing it in how he treats his fellow citizens.
Get off your high horse, Gary (not Chief), you are not the only one who has contributed to 9/11 and you are not the celebrity you think you are.
Stop comparing this museum as "The Lion King". How sad! 9/11 is not something to be compared to as a cartoon!
Written June 3, 2011
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This Guest Was NOT in the museum but in actuality missed her tour and was angry that she could not get FREE tickets to another future tour so she chose to degrade the museum's founder with derogatory remarks using this forum as a means to that end. This is not a real review from a "real guest" & should be taken with a grain of salt. While rare to see, it is always sad to see such behavior concerning a sensitive subject matter such as 9/11~ GZMW management
Written June 7, 2011
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lichenli
rtp1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Not near to the real ground zero at all!

We went to the real ground zero site and took some time to figure out it is the wrong place. Have to take the taxi to go to the museum. Hard to find. Just one room like a hotel room size in a remodeling build. About 20 people were packed in the tiny room for about one hour. There are about hundred photos and some artifacts. Nothing is impressive and special if you followed the news right after 9.11. Il feel the whole visit is tainted with the photographer's self-promotion and the steep prices. Very disappointed.
Written April 22, 2011
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The Museum is quite easy to find, on the main strip of the Meatpacking District, West 14th street, with staff conveniently outside waiting for guests. 20 people is not "packed" but actually quite roomy. "Impressive and special" is in the eye of the beholder. No self-promotion by any staff, lol. Regards to "going to the wrong place" - this guest, in our opinion, never did attend our tour, and for argument's sake, IF they had attended, well, all the literature and web info. clearly states we are NOT at Ground Zero. ~ GZMW Manager
Written April 23, 2011
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michingiro
Milan, Italy144 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
The all "Museum" is one small apartment room containing a few artifacts from the Ground Zero site (which, in my opinion, should not be there exposed for an overpriced ticket). The “tour” is basically a self-tour: you watch a fuzzy video (that is basically a repeat of an interview from a TV show) and listen to prerecorded details of photographs.
Written October 2, 2011
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Unfortunately, it appears that this individual was not at Ground Zero Museum Workshop. GZMW is not located in an apartment building, nor is it an "apartment." We have no "fuzzy videos" at GZMW and there is more than just a "self-tour" as this individual calls it; it is a comprehensive tour with a guide. Furthermore, our tickets are not overpriced, but underpriced. Hope this individual can visit the correct venue one day. Thank you.
Written October 4, 2011
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mikegar1979
new york1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
A few nice pictures, but $25 is too much for a tiny room. The museum is a private house studio settled up as exibition. Very expensive and too much talks about the owner, Gary Suson, instead of the 9/11.
Written September 23, 2008
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goodmanfamily
Lawrence, KS1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2010
The material presented was beautiful and touching and the guides did an excellent job, but the entire enterprise is tainted with the photographer's self-promotion and the steep prices. Details about any charity organizations are vague, and compared to other attractions in the city the museum is wildly overpriced. Felt a lot like they were pulling our heartstrings to open our wallets. Head for St. Paul's chapel across from the actual site instead.
Written April 7, 2011
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This is false data, speculative in nature written by a guest who did no research. The FDNY Foundation can verify all donations, however GZMW itself is a 501c3 charity that survives solely on ticket sales. All donations to a multitude of charities can also be viewed weekly on Twitter under '911Museum' - Furthermore, the photographer who shot the images does not in engage in "self promotion" nor shoots photography anymore, choosing instead to use the collection for the benefit of those negatively affected by the events of 9/11. Thanks, GZMW Team.
Written April 9, 2011
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RichandCarmen
Townsville, Australia19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
We did this thinking it would be an awesome experience. I was totally disappointe. Its a very tiny one room meseum with photo's and a few artifacts you are better visiting the NYPD mueseum which shows similar photos and better artifacts from ground zero
Written January 10, 2012
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Honest Travel Reviewer
London, UK195 contributions
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Apr 2012 • Friends
Just visited the museum, found it quite average, for museum I ve visited in NY not taking into considetarion the events connected to it. There are few really good other museums in NY with free passes and excellent, helpful and knowledgable staff. I ve traveled NY month earlier and was not let in as was not avare of booking policy. This time we ve been in a group and had a chance to visit it for ourselves. I don't like the pilgrimage alike atmosphere, taking into account true facts about 9/11 dismissed in the memorial. And thats a crucial point when you visit historic place of huge tragedy and you are told untrue facts that does not show respect to thouse, who tradicly lost their lifes. Howeverthe photography they display its really nice, but museum its not just about photography it could be as well called Gallery. It all seems too commercial in a way looking at the history of the museum as well seems to me more profit related. I personally think this should be widely open to the public in different form than 'museum' so anyone could be given chance for own reflection. And please museum staff stop sending me bad attitude messages for raising my opinion.
Written April 16, 2012
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JaneMUK
UK443 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This museum is small with an interesting range of pictures taking by Gary Suson documenting the FDNY tremendous efforts after this shocking event in 2001, he has narrated a commentary for the pictures & the artefacts he has on display. The entrance fee to the museum is $50 for two & if you buy Mr Susons book that is another $50. No mention is made of how much of the proceeds from the Museum are paid to the families of the 9/11 disaster. Visiting the museum is an emotional jourrney, I think Mr Suson should advertise how much of your entrance dollar is paid over to the survivors and their families. I feel there is too much made of the emotional element of the event and I find myself quite disappointed after my visit & I am not comfortable recommending that you visit
Written December 9, 2010
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Lois077
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
Ground Zero Workshop Museum is not located at Ground Zero. It is a room in the Meat-packing district, (West 14th St & 9 th Ave ) in which the photographer, appointed to Ground Zero has placed some enlarged photos, objects found at Ground Zero & an audiovisual experience, which is simply, TV news reporting of 9/11.

It is a feeble attempt to cash in on such a tradgic event. Save your money & time. Go straight to the real Ground Zero Museum , which runs tours conducted by real survivors of September 11, then go & view the beautiful reflection pools.
Written May 21, 2012
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katiejayy
Solihull2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
As opposed to being the emotional and moving experience I expected, visiting the Ground Zero Museum Workshop left me feeling confused and uncomfortable. I don't think it can quite call itself a museum, as unlike a museum which aims to inform and educate about an historic event/period the GZMW really just informed me about Mr. Suson and his experience. The staff there did speak of workshops for families of victims of 9/11, so perhaps that's where it gets it's workshop title from, but for an average visit I don't think is is relevant.
You enter a small room where you are seated whilst everybody gets handed out headsets and audio tour equipment. The first thing that left me feeling a little uncomfortable was reading a quote printed around the ceiling. Within the quote was written 'Love is the grace and charity shown to us by God' (or something very similar). I don't have any problem whatsoever with religious belief, and if it is comfort to people then so be it, but to have such flagrant religious leanings in a 'museum' stops the experience being inclusive.

The 'museum' begins with an introduction by a very professional and earnest guide who speaks about the history of the museum and Gary Suson. There is a little bit of information about 9/11, so I expect more to come when the guide plays the DVD intro. I am mistaken, as the first feature is an interview with Gary Suson and the second a slideshow of images with some audio clips played over the top. Gary Suson really was the main focus, and his Christian belief was the lens through which we were all being forced to look. We heard a story about his struggle to continue photographing when it became emotionally taxing, but how he stumbled upon a bible in the rubble, opened at Genesis 11 with the title of the passage 'The Tower of Babylon' (or something of similar effect, forgive me if I am wrong) and saw this as a sign to keep going. Interpreting events as signs can be of great personal meaning, but if you are creating a museum that is supposed to welcome and educate everybody it is inappropriate; it only serves to distance and disengage people who are not of your belief.
The audio accompaniments to the photos were also not what I expected. There was some factual information to tell you about the story behind the photos, but more often than not this was laced with Mr. Suson's emotional reaction. A photo should tell a thousand words, should it not? I don't need Mr. Suson telling me how this sight choked him, or how this brought him to tears. It was distracting from the real focus.
It is perfectly fair enough to have an area selling memorabilia items from the exhibition, but I found the large number of autographed postcard size photos distasteful.
There are definitely good points about this exhibition: well organised once you are inside, good number of people admitted for the size of the room, a very professional guide and of course some of the photographs are ones you probably won't have encountered before and so are interesting to see. The guide did seem to focus on the 'healing' purpose of the space, but this wasn't particularly relevant to me and there may be other reviews that offer more on this aspect of the GZMW.
I would say head to the preview of the new memorial museum that is to open in September 2012 over at Ground Zero and make a $25 (or whatever amount you can afford) donation there instead.
I implore Mr. Suson to listen to the criticism people have to offer on trip advisor, as there are some good photographs that are being overshadowed by the 'museum' experience.
Written August 10, 2011
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