Although there are many attractions in New York, one of the newest attractions remembers one of the darkest episodes of the city.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum which opened in 2014 is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. The Memorial and the Museum are located at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan at Greenwich St.
It is always difficult to visit these kind of attractions, however it is important to recognise that such places illustrate the best and worst of human beings.
When you approach the museum, it is something of a surprise because the main part of the museum is below ground and visitors enter through a pavilion at ground level. Not surprisingly, there are considerable security checks before you enter into the museum.
Once you do enter the museum, you are able to understand some of the scale of the tragedy. The main hall of the museum shows the Last Column standing in the centre and the original Slurry Wall retaining wall which are part of the foundation of the Twin Towers.
The 9/11 Museum tells the story of that fateful day with a multimedia approach with 40,000 images, 14,000 artefacts, more than 3,500 oral recordings, and over 500 hours of video.
Other Ground Zero artefacts include wrecked emergency vehicles (including a fire engine), pieces of metal from all seven World Trade Center buildings, recordings, pictures of the victims, photographs from the wreckage and other media detailing the destruction and clean up of the Twin Towers that were destroyed.
Visitors wander through the museum in a restrained manner showing respect for the many victims and the horror felt by the people of New York and the USA.
One of the most poignant parts of the museum is the Memorial exhibition which features photographs of the 2,983 victims of the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Visitors can learn more about each victim looking up individual profiles and listen to audio remembrances recorded by family members, friends and former colleagues.
People who do not enter museum can show their respects by visiting the striking memorial that surrounds the museum. Two 1-acre pools with the waterfalls have been created in the footprints of the Twin Towers, the names of 2,983 victims are inscribed on the outside of the memorial pools.
We came away from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum with mixed emotions, angry and sad at the needless waste of human life but admiring the tasteful and positive way that the victims of the tragedies are remembered.
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