The 9/11 Memorial Museum has had its share of troubles, with financial disputes and Hurricane Sandy causing delays in its construction. But officials say things are now moving full steam ahead. NY1's Roger Clark got an update Friday during a tour of the space located on what many consider to be sacred ground and filed the following report.
The new One World Trade Center can be seen through structural steel tridents rescued from the base of the old North Tower destroyed during the terrorist attacks. It's one of the first things visitors will see in the 9/11 Museum's entry pavilion. Soon after, they will take a trip back in time.
"As you're moving through the space, you're listening to the voices of people from all over the world remembering where they were on 9/11," said 9/11 Museum Director Alice Greenwald.
During the tour Friday there was construction all around as Greenwald and 9/11 Memorial and Museum President Joe Daniels explained how visitors will descend down to the bedrock level, along the way seeing items like a twisted piece of steel facade from the north tower, the fracture created by American Airlines Flight 11 smashing into the building.
"We call that impact steel, and again it's an artifact that's visually interesting, but the reason it's here is because it helps explain the story," Daniels said.
Also on display is the final piece of steel removed from the site after the recovery effort, the slurry wall put up when the towers were built to keep the waters of the Hudson River out, and the so-called survivor stairs.
"Hundreds of people ran to safety down a staircase that was located at the north end of Tobin Plaza that led down to Vessey Street," Greenwald said.
A section of the museum will house the historical exhibition including the World Trade Center cross which provided comfort for so many recovery workers at the site. Also, another steel trident that will act as a projection screen.
"We're actually projecting moving video footage that was taken around 9/11," Daniels said.
"It is about both the worst of humanity that was displayed on September 11th, and the best of who we could be," Greenwald said.
The hope is that everyone will be able to hear, see and feel the story up close when the museum opens in spring 2014.