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“A Place for Quiet Reflection”

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
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9/11 Memorial Museum Admission
Ranked #4 of 1,150 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Through commemoration, exhibitions and educational programs, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a nonprofit in New York City, remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, as well as those who risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks.
Reviewed July 16, 2013

While planning my recent trip to NYC, I knew the 9/11 memorial had to be on my list of places to visit. Definitely book your ticket online in advance ($2 service charge/ticket), but it will save you loads of time and you can reserve the day/time you want weeks in advance. I would also suggest stopping by St. Paul's Chapel before/after your 9/11 memorial visit. It contains lots of great tribue items and pictures of the brave men and women who supported the recovery efforts. The grounds themselves are very peaceful and most people were quiet and respectful. When you walk through the entry gate, walk to the far left side pool; people tend to gather at the first pool and the far one is also right in front of the new Freedom Tower, thus great for pics. I saw a number of people weeping as they ran their fingers over the names on the plaques; it was definitely a touching moment. Standing there, my mind began to race back to the day it happened; remembering where I was when I heard, the sad pics engrained in my mind, even remembering where I ate that night while we all watched the constant news images over and over as everyone was silent. Seems that day will forever be in my memory. This should be a must stop for any true American while in NYC.

2  Thank thehungryjack
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

The memorial is very nice and a great tribute. Unfortunately, it can only be visited by those with hours of time because of the unnecessary security. Every other national monument I've been to (e.g., those in Washington DC) can be easily accessed simply by walking up to it. For this one, you must obtain a ticket, wait in line, go through a metal detector, and go through 3-4 security checkpoints showing your ticket each time. There is just as much risk (extremely low) of someone doing something crazy to the unsecured part of the line as to the monument area if it were not secured. In fact, I'd say the security makes it an intimidating place to go.

3  Thank Jeff C
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Clearly, this is an awe inspiring place. The original footprints of the twin towers have been converted to 30" deep fountains that are so beautiful it is unbelievable. The signs say this is a place for quiet reflection and that is very true. People were standing staring, contemplating, and crying. Very emotional. I would highly recommend taking the time to see this.

1  Thank djkudrak
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Okay, its hard to knock something so significant but here goes.....got there (took a $30 taxi ride) only to find out you needed tickets or NOT. So, we go in the non-ticketed line which moves fairly fast only to be lead to a little booth where you are requested to make a $5-$10 donation.....my husband put in $7. After he deposited our money, we were asked WHAT AMOUNT WE PUT IN THE BOX! Now, does that sound like a donation to you? Anyway, in order to get a flimsy wrist band, you had to put in $10 per person....so he made up the difference so I got one. The security was unbelievably tight ~ like an airport with scanners and your belongings had to go through etc. The 3-tiered fountain/waterall was beautiful but the donation thing put me in a bad mood + it was 90 degrees out with virtually no seating in the memorial area. I think it would be wise to add a few benches....one time was enough!

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Got the Circle Line Hop on Hop off Ferry from 42nd street and after a couple of stops with fantastic commentary from Patrick about the history of the event we disembarked and walked towards the 9.11 site.
The amount of people visiting is unbelievable so be ready to queue as there are security checks on entry. The actual memorial is amazing as are the plans to build the rest of the buildings on the site. Very organised and time well spent..

Thank M H
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