HistoryAfter the Twin Towers tragically burned to the ground on September 11, 2001, New York City was determined to rebuild and recover. Billions of dollars were spent on excavations and other major engineering projects to restore the World Trade Center site. In 2012, the 9/11 Memorial officially opened to the public, and marked a major milestone in the long-term redevelopment plan of the once devastated area. Michael Arad was the chief architect of the memorial site that replaced the foundations of the Twin Towers. Peter Walker and Partners were hired to design the landscape plan of the memorial. The museum opened in 2014 in the presence of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, president Barack Obama and other notable local figures. Since opening, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum has been one of the most visited attractions in Manhattan.
Features and HighlightsThe North Pool at the 9/11 Memorial is situated on the former site of the North Tower. The South Pool occupies the former foundation of the South Tower. Covering exactly 1 acre, each pool has waterfalls that gently cascade down and drain into a seemingly endless hole. The perimeters of the pools are engraved with the names of the individuals who perished during the September 11 Attacks. Hundreds of trees and several paved plazas surround these enormous pools, which are the largest of their kind in North America. Miraculously surviving the devastating attacks, the Survivor Tree stands as a symbol of strength and resilience at the memorial site. More than 110,00 square feet of exhibit space is available at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. As expected, the permanent collection consists of original artefacts that were recovered after the September 11 Attacks. Some of the items were found just days after the collapse of the towers. After years of excavations, construction workers gradually compiled ordinary items that would eventually be incorporated into the museum's extensive growing collection. The Historical Exhibition includes multimedia presentations that cover events leading to and after the attacks. The Memorial Exhibition features the portraits of all the victims of the tragedy. Tens of thousands of original photographs of the Twin Towers are also in the possession of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Featuring original retaining walls and other massive structures, Foundation Hall is one of the most interesting features of the museum.
Visiting 9/11 Memorial and MuseumOccupying several blocks in Lower Manhattan, the World Trade Center Station offers convenient access to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Housed inside a contemporary structure that's known as the Oculus, this busy transportation hub is served by several Port Authority-Trans Hudson (PATH) routes. The commuter trains run between the World Trade Center and various destinations in New Jersey, such as Hoboken and Jersey City. More than 10 New York City Subway lines also serve the World Trade Center complex. The concourses at the Oculus are directly connected to underground subway stations on Cortlandt Street and Chambers Street. Collectively, the World Trade Center Station is one of the busiest rail complexes in New York City. Parking at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is not available to the general public, so rapid transit is strongly encouraged. You can also rent a Citi Bike in one of dozens stations throughout Manhattan.
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