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What to see at the 9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 Memorial is a place where you can learn about the terrible events of September 11th, 2001, and reflect on what it means to you - either as an American, or as an international visitor. What are some of the points not to be missed?

Twin Reflecting Pools

Twin Reflecting Pools

Two one-acre pools, with biggest artificial waterfalls in North America, stand exactly where the Twin Towers were. The names of those who died are listed on the pool walls.

Facing Crisis: America Under Attack

Facing Crisis: America Under Attack

This film examines the day's events, compiling interviews with prominent figures such as George W. Bush. It runs daily every half hour, lasting for about a quarter of an hour.

Survivor Tree

Survivor Tree

This callery pear tree amazingly survived the downfall of the buildings. It was restored and is now a symbol of rebirth. Its seedlings are donated each year to communities in need.

Foundation Hall

Foundation Hall

This huge room contains one of the original, surviving walls of the World Trade Center as well as the Last Column, standing at 36 feet and decorated with recovered remnants.

Ground Zero Museum

Ground Zero Museum

The museum allows you to interact with artifacts and voice clips from September 11th.

Our insider tips

When should I go?

The outdoors parts are probably best experienced when the city is not covered in snow. Summer is of course tourist season, so note that it will be more crowded then.

How should I behave?

Be as quiet and respectful as possible, as some visitors - including those who knew victims - will want to use it as a place to quietly reflect.

Can I bring children?

The exhibitions may not be appropriate for children under the age of 10 - especially if they are liable to make a lot of noise.

Are there any special procedures before entering?

Security screening is mandatory before entry. Only bags measuring under 8 x 17 x 19 inches are permitted inside the memorial - larger bags can be stored.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily, 7:30AM to 9:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    The memorial is free to visit, but the museum carries an entrance fee.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The memorial is in Lower Manhattan and is easily reachable by foot from nearby hotels, or various subway stations.
  • Additional information

    • Not recommended for children under 10.

    • It is important to stay respectful during your visit.

What people are saying about 9/11 Memorial

Very somber, respectful, moving experience

Our guide, Ray, who experienced 911 first hand was great. I strongly suggest a tour with someone like Ray, who can give first hand experiences and details. One of my biggest priorities for coming to NYC was to visit the 911 memorial and museum. It was even more moving and impacting that I could have imagined. So glad we decided to take the tour with Ray first, it added so much more perspective to the experience.

Learned so much it made the 9/11 memorial so much more meaningful.

Highly recommend having a tour guide. Tauren, our guide was great! We never would have gotten as much understanding and appreciation of the memorial and related events on our own.

A comprehensive, thoughtful presentation of 9/11

Visually easy to follow. Artifacts were not too crowded and many were viewed in context with photos. The parts showing the original building foundation were remarkable and do insightful.

This tour is a definite must for anyone going to the 9/11 Memorial.

There should have been 6 people on the tour, but although my husband and I were the only ones that turned up, the tour still went ahead at the scheduled time. Our guide, Jon White, was extremely friendly and open to all questions that we asked. He gave us so much more information than we could ever have found out for ourselves, which included details about the whole World Trade Center site, not just the area where the twin towers once stood. We had a full 2 hours with Jon, and the tour finished at the One World Observatory. The views from the top of the tower were spectacular, made even better by the fact that it was a beatutiful, clear and sunny day.

So many sites, history and experiences with my granddaughter!

Misunderstood the ad and did not know there would be so much walking. Enjoyed every minute. Joel, our guide was perfect.

New York City Day Tour with One World Observatory Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/11/2018

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