Welcome back y’all. I hope your Friday is going well, and I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post about the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Today, I am back to share more. This time more in depth about the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The memorial I shared about yesterday and the museum I’m touching on today are located in the same area of New York City, where the original twin towers stood.
During my first visit to New York, we actually didn’t realize there was a museum, so we completely missed out on that experience. I hate that my mom didn’t get to see it, but I know we’ll go back again for her to visit. However, I am truly grateful I was able to experience this humble place during my second visit to the city.
The 9/11 Museum is located under and around the original twin towers, and gives us a closer look of the events that transpired that fateful day and the days, weeks, months, and even years to follow. The museum, along with the memorial commemorating the names of those who perished, also gives us a look at the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center.
The museum is undoubtedly the most difficult place to visit in regards to the 9/11 sites as we hear voicemails from those who were on the plane calling their loved once for what would be the last time, learn more about the individuals who perished, see crumbled steel beams & fire trucks, unimaginable photographs, and artifacts that were on the persons of those lost. There is so much more to the museum that what I’ve pictured here, as in some places I didn’t want to take photos, instead just focusing on the tragic events, and in some parts of the museum photography is not, rightfully & respectfully, allowed.
If you plan to visit the museum, which I highly encourage you to, allow yourself 2-4 hours to really take it all in. And know that it will be difficult and mentally draining, but it will be worth it. You’ll learn more first hand knowledge here, and really get a better grasp of the magnitude of the events than you will from any other source, aside from personal, first hand accounts.
There is so much to learn and understand and fathom, which we cannot, at the 9/11 Museum, and I honestly cannot put into words my true feelings as a whole about experiencing the museum & memorial for myself. It is that of anger, astonishment, bitterness, solemness, beauty, love, pride, and so much more all wrapped into one very messy package. Unfortunately, these events are a very large part of our current world and country’s history, but fortunately we live in a country of love, sacrifice, and determination to make it a better place each & everyday. I believe that is what is shown here at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and those characteristics cannot be taken away with attacks of terror & hatred.
I truly hope you feel inspired to add the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to your New York City itinerary. I know that you will not regret it. Thank you for allowing me to share such a special piece of New York and my heart with you. I will see you back next week for more of this beautiful city!