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Friday, September 11, 2015

911 Museum & Memorial Tour (NY City)

The museum was dedicated on May 15, 2014 and has been recently opened thereafter in honor of the memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The museum has a huge collection of displays including artifacts and other materials that were destroyed during the attack. Displays of photos, videos are also included as well as the timeline of events of what happened in the morning of September 11, 12 years ago.

Timelines of the events are shown through images, audio, video as well as first-person accounts. Take note that the timelines contain some graphic images and sensitive contents associated with the 911 terrorist attack aftermath.
Adjacent to the museum now stand a memorial, - the twin reflecting pools which now sit where the Twin Towers used to stand before the collapse.

The 2 reflecting pools each has an acre in size and they are considered to be the largest man-made waterfalls in North America.
Bronze panels edging around the pools contain the names of all the people who died both in the 2001 and 1993 attacks. This is a powerful event as a result of a foreign attack to the US where a lot of lives was lost and where a great single loss of rescue personnel's lives were taken in the US history.

Just a quick note though: A security screening is mandatory for all visitors who enter the museum. All bags, purses, equipments and belongings should all go through the security belt. Things allowed are handbags, backpacks, tote bags as long as they are limited to 8x17x19-inch size per item.

Items such as alcohol, glass bottles, weapons or tools like knives and cutting tools, any type of marking materials like paint and markers, powdered substances and liquid soaps are NOT allowed!
Cell phones are allowed but should be placed on mute and shouldn't be used while you are inside the museum's exhibition premises.
There are places in the exhibit areas where photos are NOT allowed, but other than that, feel free to take photos as long as no flash photography is followed.

Another important reminder; - there is only one cafeteria inside the museum basing on our last visit (10/2014) which serves only cookies, bagels, coffee, juice and soda.
So, if you need to eat a decent meal, you have to go out and find one outside the museum.