More than 12-and-a-half years after the attacks, the 9/11 Museum on the site honoring those who died is set to open this spring. NY1’s Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
For now, the millions of visitors to the World Trade Center site can only peer into the museum and catch a glimpse of artifacts like steel preserved after the towers fell. But that will change on May 21 when it opens to the general public. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday.
"Through all the tumult and the chaos and the challenges it seems right to do 10 years for the memorial, and two years after that we open the museum,” said Joe Daniels, president of the 9/11 Memorial.
Admission will be $24, though on Tuesday evenings it will be free. Family members of victims and registered 9/11 first responders will always be admitted free.
For six days leading up to the unveiling, the museum will be open 24 hours a day to those families and first responders as a tribute.
"After 9/11 people came down were working around the clock, around the clock to help search for people, to begin the recovery. So when we dedicate this museum we wanted to have that 24-hour period for five days straight to acknowledge that sacrifice,” said Daniels.
The museum's opening isn't without controversy. Unidentified human remains from the site will be housed in a private area accessible only to family members and the city medical examiner. That plan has upset some 9/11 families. But Daniels says it fulfills a promise to families of loved ones whose remains were never identified.
"It is not part of the museum, no person in the public will ever be exposed to or have the ability to go visit the remains,” said Daniels.
Many visitors to the site say the museum will be a big addition to honor those lost and as an educational tool, especially for children.
"We were able to peer through the windows and see some of the iron structures that were up, and it really touched base with them a little bit as to what was going on,” said a memorial attendee.
"I wish the museum was open so that I could go into it today, I'd like to see all that was preserved,” said another.
For more information on the museum and to purchase tickets, go to www.911memorial.org.