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The Call Blog: 9/11 Memorial Museum To Charge $24 Admission

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It's a little surprising to me that the 9/11 Memorial will not receive federal funding like so many similar museums around the country. This was an attack on American soil and one can make the argument that this nationally symbolic and important structure should be funded by Americans. That being said, making it free at this point seems unrealistic, but $24 is still too much. In my opinion, do what a lot of countries around the world do at national monuments: charge the citizens lesser and charge the tourists more. Most Americans are visiting this site to remember and not just to visit a tourist attraction along the way and they should have the right to be able to do so. Just my opinion.



The 9/11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center will finally open to the public in May. Following years of delays for the project, the underground tribute is nearing its final months of construction. Yesterday, museum officials announced it will charge adults $24 to enter the museum to help pay for the annual $60 million operating cost.

Families of 9/11 victims won't be charged, and there will be discounts for children, seniors, and school groups. It will remain free to visit the reflecting pools on the memorial plaza. Many New Yorkers feel the $24 admission fee to the museum is too expensive. But the 9/11 Memorial says it's necessary because it does not receive government support for operations. What do you say?

Is the $24 admission fee for the 9/11 Memorial Museum appropriate? If not, what should it cost to enter the museum? Will the fee affect your decision to visit? Should the federal government or private donors contribute financially to offset the price?

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That fee seems a bit high. $15 would have been more reasonable but everything is so expensive and since they get no matching funds, I guess there is not much one can do. I would suggest that the Republican Congress chip in as they make loads of money!!!!

Jeanne
Jamaica



I will never visit the so-called WTC Memorial. What was done was shameful.
What should have been done was rebuild the twin towers as tall or taller than they were. Instead we have what should be called Zero WTC which wins no awards from me.

Joe
Port Richmond



I think it would be nice if they could get some government funds that would at least reduce the admission.

Financial realities are what they are however, and I understand the need to charge money to operate.

Barri
Jackson Heights



I think $24.00 is a lot f money. Specially now at this times that the economy is not at the best for many people.

So question is, how about donations that we have given in the past? My name should be at least posted on several of the cobble stones that are in the plaza, but was not done for any reasons, and now I will be charged to visit the museum that I helped to build?

You guys tell me. Is that fair?

I though that the memorial and museum would be builder to remember the people that died in the sept attack, not to make a profit of it.

Alberto
Hamilton Heights



I can already see the panicky reports of low attendance and an urgent bailout request, and the city, state, and federal government being brought in. Put a fork in the board of directors -- they're done.

Bruce
Upper West Side



Once again Bloomberg leaves his prints on yet another project. Nothing more than
another cash cow created.
It took so many years to build because Bloomberg had to satisfy his old cronies
in building this project and everything that went along with it.
Why $24.00 ? How did they arrive at this figure ? I can tell you and that is because
they have nothing more than another created appointed panel by Bloomberg with
everyone on this panel is making an exuberant amount in salaries. This panel needs to
be investigated and new members should be appointed and maybe consider some
of the families left behind to be part of it and slash the amounts being paid to
this current panel. I do know that it runs into six figures because it was posted
at one time and I think we should have access to that information immediately.
It is so absurd, insulting and disrespectful of all the dead and their friends and
families and us that lived and still live in New York.

SHAME ON THEM = IT GIVES ME SUCH A SICK FEELING FEELING THINKING OF HOW
INSENSITIVE THIS PROJECT WAS FROM THE START!

THE PRICE OF ADMISSION SHOULD BE THE SAME AS ALL OF THE MUSEUMS, ETC.
IN NEW YORK CITY. [THE SAME RULE SHOULD APPLY FOR ALL THAT ARE ON
CITY PROPERTY] !!

Maxxiee
Morris Park



the price is way to much to get in the museum it should be at least ten dollars. The federal government and private donors should contribute something to offset the price, i'll only visit the museum once

Herman
Upper West Side



There shouldn't be a charge but if there is going to be one it should be $9.11 as a constant reminder of what happened that day

Anthony



As a first responder, I wouldn't visit this 9/11 memorial if you paid me. The reflecting pool is it is a headstone. People should not pay for look at the carnage in the museum. New Yorkers have already seen it.

Regarding last night's topic, I would like to see all NYC grocery stores asking customers to round-up. It's really disgusting that working people, like the lady who works at the airport, can't afford to pay for food. I don't know where this country is heading.

Kate
Midtown East



To expensive, I would be surprised if 2/ 3 went to operating costs. How much is marked up for the bureaucrats?

Roscoe
Park Hill



I ABSOLUTELY AGREE THAT THE $24.00 ADMISSSION FEE FOR THE 9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM IS APPROPRIATE.

I ALSO THINK THAT IT WOULD BE APPRORIATE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO OFFSET THE PRICE SINCE IT WAS OUR COUNTRY THAT WAS INVADED BY THESE BARBARIANS.

YOU CAN'T PUT A PRICE ON THIS TRAGEDY.

RALPH
BAYRIDGE



The $24 admission charge is absurd. This was an event of national significance and this is a memorial for all of us. It should be a maximum of $5 if anything at all.



Since Day 1, the WTC site has been the main course in a feeding frenzy of greedy, avaricious schnorers, only interested in enriching themselves. I, personally, refuse to go anywhere near it and refuse to take visitors to it or even give tourists directions to it. It has been desecrated by greed.

Frances
East Village



Anyone who lost love one free.NYC residents free 4 times a Year. Out of State/Tourism $24.00



No museum should charge more than maybe $5 or $6 for entry. Suggested donations are appropriate.

Audrey C.
Clinton Hill



People have no problem putting up 30$ to go to a wax museum of celebrities- this location is a tourist attraction. There will be discounts for those that can't afford the price. The government shouldn't put money into.

Lee
Gravesend



The 24.00 is a little too much because most people can't affected the price. I agree that $5.00 is a more better price.

Charles
Bay Ridge



How far we have come from the days following 9/11: Then, the city experienced a sense of unity. Now, we have a museum entrance fee that will keep many people out. A suggested donation is more appropriate; the museum might be quite surprised at how much people will give, given the chance to donate from the heart.

Patrick
Sunnyside



While I agree with people, about the fact that there should be some federal and state funding to help with the maintenance of the 9/11 memorial, people also need to remember that this is the reason why taxes need to be increased. We can not advocate for less taxes while asking for the government to continue subsidizing services.

Danny
Wooside



The Museum should have a suggested admission price of $10. It should be for everyone to view and learn what happened on that day. $24 is outrageous and insulting to the families and victims who lost their lives.

Ellen



Heartbreaking.

I was in 6th grade science class when I heard the news about 9/11; and this is something I'll never forget...

I've been looking forward to going to the museum for what feels like the longest time so I can reflect and personally memorialize on the day America changed forever. I bring my lunch (with no shame) because I can't afford to buy it everyday; I just don't have the extra $24.00.

I think a suggested donation is something doable for all New Yorkers and visitors alike. People will give what they can.

Dominique
Midtown West



This is history, and everyone should be able to have access to it, to charge for that, is not being pragmatic, a donation of choice by the visiting individual is much more appropriate. Millions of people will be visiting and there should not be a short fall.

Michael
Woodside



To charge $24 to visit a memorial that has forever left a mark in our nation's history is absurd. I believe a suggested donation would be fitting. I can't see anyone not doing so. What makes Tuesday a free day as well?

Living in NYC, we should access to look at the site whenever we like. I can imagine the tourist attraction this will be though. Will they be selling shirts and mugs as well? I can't imagine.

Jason
Queens



It should be free bc it is a memorial site

Milton



$24.00 Admission is disgraceful. I worked on Wall Street when the Towers were hit and I moved to Florida in large part because of these attacks. This isn't Disneyworld! I doubt I would go because I think this is outrageous. It should be a memorial like Arlington.

Jim
Tampa, FL



for a family of three or four wanting to pay their respects would be prohibitive for some families. By the way, what percentage of the 16million per year is administrative and executive salaries? It is not a tourist attraction. It is a sacred place where many, many people gave their lives for this country!

Evonney
Harlem



The fee should be $9.11
That's fair

James



The Memorial should be free. It is now a greedy money pit. The only way the federal Govt. should help is for the National Parks Service to take over the site, slash the costs including salaries, listen to the families and make sure they don't put the 9,000 human remains of victims and heroes in the basement of the museum as is now planned. What is happening now is a sacrilege!

Aidan
Inwood



Keep the admission $24
The museum should hire someone honest to manage and after cost is covered use the excess money to fund a scholarship for the victims children.

Nora
Woodside



think the $24 is more than fair to help maintain and preserve this memorial. That fact that the families and relatives are free is sensible and just. Perhaps having 2 days per month where there is no admission fee is a good compromise.

Jason



Wrong, wrong, wrong! This is a national memorial. Hallowed ground. And if we want our children to know and never forget, no family should scramble to make that happen. In this economic crisis, it is shameful. Suggested donations, and federal support please.

Leslie
Washington Heights



And everyone wants everything for free. A museum has operating costs and the money has to come from SOMEWHERE. It's not somewhere you would go daily so I'd rather pay a one-time fee than have that somehow added to my taxes. People spend as much or more money on things like vices or entertainment so if they claim this memorial is so dear to them I don't see why put up such a stink. $24 is not a lot of $$ and if you live in NY you are more than aware of that. Whether you decide to admit it or not.

Vicky
Corona



Profits disguised as tributes is the same reason why it took so ridiculously long to build the towers.

Anthony



This event affected every US American and the federal government should be involved.

Fernando
Flushing



It should be a suggested fee...I think we should look at the salary of the people who are operating it right now. I'm sure there are capable people out there who would take the job for less because they are passionate about 9/11 and the lives lost.

Fauzia
Ozone Park



Are you kidding me?! How is it that this is suppose to be a tourist town, thanks to Bloomberg &Co., and we Nyer's are required to pay a fee?

All Nyer's were affected. How is it that the families that lost someone can claim the catastrophe as their own? We may have had friends or co workers that were lost. Seems like folks are milking this...

K
Harlem



The reason the USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor Memorial is FREE is b.c. the National Parks Service is running it for Half the salaries and a fraction of the price of 9/11 memorial costs!!!

why does Schumer oppose bringing National Parks Service to GZ????

Sally
Manhattan



Someone just said $24 isn't a lot of money. Yes it is -- to retirees, the disabled and the poor. A much more nominal fee or requested donation would be more appropriate. And the fees at museums in NYC in general are outrageous. In general, unless you have serious money, one might as well live in Peoria than in New York City.

Jeanne



I hate paying taxes, but I'd willingly pay $1 more in taxes, so any citizen of the world could visit the memorial.



The Money that is squandered in Washington For failed websites and ear marked programs ... This administration who sends foolish dollars like transporting a dog on a US helicopter so he can vacation with his owner ... The US Government should have some Morality and Honor and step up to the plate ...

Laurence (Retired First Responder)



I agree with Patrick in Sunnyside. I think it should be contribution by movement of the heart. I really believe people will be surprised how much people will give if the museum is truly effective.

I'm on Multimedia artist, and I believe that a powerful video or multimedia display could really get people to pull out their pocketbooks.

Craig
FLATIRON



There should be a suggested donation of $10 or so. At $24 per person, a family of 4 will have to pay $96 to visit the site of our national tragedy. This is outrageous. Ground Zero should not require any fee; neither Pearl Harbor nor Arlington Cemetery do although many visitors make contributions.

Lisa

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