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    They better have a rock solid chain of custody for that brick if they're going to put it in the museum.

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    9/11 museum at Ground Zero will charge for admission

    Board of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum voted last week to charge admission to the museum; dollar amount is expected to be $20-$25

    By Corky Siemaszko / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Published: Friday, May 3, 2013, 1:23 PM
    Updated: Friday, May 3, 2013, 7:53 pm


    This artist’s rendering, provided by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, shows the museum's proposed entrance pavilion. When the underground museum opens in April 2014, there will be a mandatory entrance fee. Officials have not determined the amount, but a spokesman told the Daily News the expected range will be $20-$25.

    The museum in the crucible of America’s pain will be charging admission.
    People making the pilgrimage to Ground Zero will have to pony up anywhere from $20 to $25 to descend into the new subterranean museum when it finally opens next year.
    And unlike some other museums in the city, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero will charge a mandatory fee — not just a suggested donation — for the privilege.
    “We’re still in the process of considering how much, but it will be in the range of $20 to $25,” Anthony Guido, a spokesman for the Memorial and Museum, said Friday. “It will be a set fee.”
    Entrance to the memorial itself — which includes the picturesque reflection pools marking the footprints of the Twin Towers — will continue to be free, though a $2 service fee for online reservations was recently put in place.
    But word of the planned museum entrance fee outraged some relatives of the roughly 3,000 people slain on 9/11.
    “It’s ridiculous,” said retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches of Dyker Heights, who lost his firefighter son Jimmy. “We asked for a memorial and they’ve turned this into a P.T. Barnum production. These people are trying to make money off the worst day in American history.”
    Eileen Torres, whose firefighter cousin, Manuel Del Valle Jr., also perished on that unforgettable day, called the move “absolutely disrespectful.”
    “We were really hoping it wouldn’t come to that,” said Torres, who lives in Dutchess County. “From the beginning, they’ve been treating this like a business. It’s not a business — it’s a memorial.”
    Debra Burlingame, a 9/11 relative who took part in planning the museum, said “the idea of charging admission is not something we ever wanted to do.”
    “I don’t think people realize the enormous costs of building something like this, in a location like this,” said Burlingame, a Westchester County resident whose brother, Charles, was pilot on the hijacked plane that hit the Pentagon. “At the end of the day we have to get the money from somewhere. We need to figure out a way to come up with the nut every month to keep it running.”
    Nicholas Fevelo/for New York Daily News

    Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches of Dyker Heights, who lost his firefighter son Jimmy in the 9/11 attacks, called the idea of charging admission to the museum at Ground Zero 'ridiculous.' 'These people are trying to make money off the worst day in American history,' he said.

    Michael Frazier, another spokesman for the memorial, also defended the decision to charge admission.
    “As a nonprofit organization that relies on the support of the public, not city, state or federal funding for our operations, we are charging an admission fee in line with other comparable institutions,” he said.
    “Also, like other institutions, there will be discounts and fee exclusions. In our case, 9/11 family members won’t pay. And we will have time dedicated for the public to enter for free.”
    Over the years, the foundation that runs the site has gotten more than $425 million from the state and federal governments, and the Port Authority. It has also raised over $450 million in private donations.
    The price tag for the museum itself is expected to run around $700 million once it is completed, officials said. And the projected operational costs for both the memorial and museum are pegged at $60 million per year.
    Some 2.5 million visitors are expected to visit the museum when it opens next April. And charging $25 per head would more than cover the operational costs.
    Frazier, however, said the foundation is not relying solely on the museum’s gate to pay the bills. “Like other nonprofits, we will continue to privately fundraise,” he said.
    It also helps to have a billionaire like Mayor Bloomberg as chairman of the foundation. Recently, hizzoner loaned it $15 million to help cover a budget shortfall, officials confirmed.
    It was the first time Bloomberg loaned the foundation money, and he did so at the lowest possible interest rate, so it would not be considered a gift, they said.
    Memorial officials began floating the idea of a museum admission fee last year.
    Chip Somodevilla/AP

    Family members of those who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center gather at the edge of the north reflecting pool of the memorial during ceremonies commemorating the tenth anniversary.

    At the time, Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said the operation would need to “generate revenue in line with other world-class institutions in New York City.”
    Then last week, the board quietly approved a motion to charge admission to the museum.
    New Yorkers not directly touched by the tragedy turned thumbs down on that plan.
    “It’s not fair at all,” said Joseph Shi, 19, of Flushing, Queens. “It’s not like a normal museum. It’s different.”
    “Most people aren’t gonna want to pay it,” said Drew Lastella, 48, from the upper West Side.
    More worrisome for the foundation, many tourists at the 9/11 memorial Friday said they would think twice about paying to visit the museum.
    “This is just about making money,” said Ron Weismann of Sandy, Utah. “Pretty soon they’re gonna charge to go to Boston and see where the bombs went off.”
    Thalie Ferretti, visiting from Sao Paolo, Brazil, said “I think it’s expensive.”
    “It shows a little bit of capitalism,” she said. “It’s a sad thing.”
    “I can understand why survivors would have a problem with it,” said Debbie Davis of Tulsa, Okla.
    “There’s got to be a fee but it should be nominal, maybe a donation, $10 to $15. I think people would be more than willing to pay that if it was to maintain the monument and not to profit.”

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    New York Daily News
    May 4, 2013


    Admission fee for World Trade Center museum would be a shame of the city

    Cash-strapped foundation may have to charge $20 a head unless Congress steps up with funding

    Entry to the museum memorializing the 9/11 attack must be free, as promised.

    A project intended to memorialize a national tragedy is on the cusp itself of representing a national disgrace. The official museum at Ground Zero — built with private donations to tell the story of the 1993 and 2001 attacks, rescue and recovery — is so broke that, when it finally opens its doors next spring after an arduous and costly construction, it will be forced to charge admission.

    Yes: Unless leaders step up, and soon, everyone from New Yorkers to tourists — anyone hungry to absorb the story and lessons of 9/11 — will have to pony up cold, hard cash.

    Cold, hard cash for the privilege of learning about the murder of nearly 3,000 souls. For the opportunity to absorb the inspiring stories of the first responders who rescued thousands.

    This is an abdication of responsibility of epic proportions. And it is happening because Congress, which never misses an opportunity to invoke 9/11, has failed to find the paltry $60 million in annual funding to support the museum.

    It has even failed to scrape together the $20 million in funding the museum foundation has requested. Here is the callous math:

    Having raised $455 million to build this complex underground structure — construction costs could reach a whopping $1 billion — the foundation is tapped out.

    Annual operating costs are estimated at $60 million. That’s not for anything extravagant, but for educational staff, administrative personnel, cleaning crews, security and the like.

    You can’t run a museum expected to draw 2.5 million visitors annually — that’s assuming half of those who visit the memorial choose to tour the museum — on a shoestring.

    Even if every single one of the anticipated visitors pays $20, the museum will come up millions short of the cost of running the place.

    Yet Congress, which budgets upward of $850 million annually for the Smithsonian Institution, hasn’t lifted a fiscal finger.

    So strapped is the foundation that it just had to borrow $15 million. The lender is Mayor Bloomberg, the foundation’s chairman, who is charging negligible interest and who earlier donated $15 million to the cause. And just to make ends meet, the foundation has added a $2 fee for each memorial ticket reservation — despite promises for years that the memorial would always be free.

    Part of the problem was that the Port Authority balked on absorbing building costs, which delayed work for more than year.

    And superstorm Sandy, which dumped 22 million gallons of water into the museum site, added another two months to the timetable.

    This is where a crushed fire truck will be displayed. Where remnants of the towers can be seen. Where the steel beams in the shape of a cross will stand. Where victims’ personal effects will be honorably housed for posterity.

    Where, most important of all, the solemn and crucial history will be told, as parents tell their children “never forget.”

    Pious politicians have said those words over and over again.

    What happened on 9/11 was an act of war — an attack on America because of who we are and what we represent. Washington had better start acting like it.

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    Inside Sept. 11 Museum, a Labyrinth of Awe and Grief

    Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
    Construction of the 9/11 Memorial Museum is nearing completion and it is to open to the public in the spring of 2014. Engine 21, which was badly damaged in the attack, is among the artifacts on display in the museum.

    Published: June 28, 2013

    “You thought it was as bad as it would get, and then it got worse.”
    Alice M. Greenwald, the director of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, was recalling a feeling common among Americans on Sept. 11, 2001.
    But she was also describing how the galleries depicting that day’s events will unfold for visitors.
    Where much of the underground space is astonishingly vast and serene, the historical exhibition, contained within the volume once occupied by the north tower, is cramped and irregular. Deliberately labyrinthine, it is meant to jar those who see it.

    Rounding one corner, a visitor will suddenly come upon the rear end of Engine 21 (“Keep back 200 feet,” it still commands), looking merely like an old fire truck that has seen a lot of action. A few steps more into the gallery, however, and it is revealed as a mechanical carcass.
    The cab, all its trim and livery burned away, resembles a skull.

    Transitions like this — by turns shocking and calming, distressing and heartening, awe-inspiring and grief-inducing — compose the memorial museum.
    Steven M. Davis, a partner in Davis Brody Bond, which designed the museum, said he and his colleagues had been guided by the principles of memory, authenticity, scale and emotion.
    The museum will not open to the public until next spring, but officials have begun taking reporters through the unfinished galleries, confident that what was a construction zone a year ago, and a disaster area after Hurricane Sandy, now looks more like a museum.

    Its designers and curators struggled to make an asset of the museum’s greatest liability. It is in a subterranean space, hemmed in by the undersides of the memorial pools and by the abutting PATH station, 1 World Trade Center, vehicle security center and central cooling plant. Added to that, its roof doubles as the memorial plaza.
    Rather than try to squeeze a conventional museum into this eccentric void, the creators threaded a pathway through it, a concrete ribbon with switchbacks and overlooks and — quite as important — points at which visitors can decide to leave if they feel emotionally unprepared for what lies ahead.

    The journey begins in a pavilion on Greenwich Street, designed by Snohetta.
    Behind steel-and-glass walls are two 80-foot steel columns from the twin towers, each branching into a distinctive trident form.
    These serve as landmarks and as pivots, around which visitors begin to leave daylight behind as they descend a broad staircase.
    Reaching a mezzanine, visitors get their first glimpse of the undersides of the memorial pools, which they have seen from the plaza level as sunken waterfalls.
    The pools mark the location of the twin towers. So do their structural expressions underground.

    But in the museum, these forms are so large — almost 200 feet on their longest sides — that they overwhelmed the spaces around them when they were still faced in raw concrete.
    Now, however, they are clad in panels of foamed aluminum; that is, aluminum injected with gas under high pressure to create a porous, almost bubbly and pretty nearly ethereal surface.
    “It has a way of dematerializing under certain kinds of skillful lighting,” Mr. Davis said. “It becomes a kind of fog. It appears to be buoyant.”

    That illusion is heightened by the recesses underneath the aluminum-skin walls, which create the sense that they are floating. The recesses also make it possible, at the museum’s lowest level, to reveal the roughly cut off remnants of the original box columns that supported the perimeter walls of the twin towers.
    “These have never been moved,” said Joseph C. Daniels, the president and chief executive of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, as he looked over a row of the column remnants.
    “They’re right where they were when they were installed in the 1960s.”

    Ms. Greenwald noted that as a rule, historical artifacts were housed in museums.
    “We are, literally, a museum that’s housed in an artifact,” she said.

    Having traveled down a series of ramps and through the memorial area, in which the lives of individual victims can be highlighted, and making their way through the historical exhibition, visitors emerge into the cathedral-like Foundation Hall.
    Its centerpiece is the 36-foot-tall Column 1001-B from the south tower, the last column to have been removed from ground zero, in 2002. It is covered in inscriptions, photos, fliers and mementos placed by the rescue and recovery workers.
    “One hundred years from now, no one will be alive who remembers 9/11,” Mr. Davis said. “The story has to tell itself.”
    The story neither begins nor ends on Sept. 11.
    Sharp-eyed visitors may notice, as they pass the 80-foot tridents on their way out, a testimonial to the curatorial impulse that helped create the museum even before the fires at ground zero were under control. Written on the side of one column is the word “Save.”

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    9/11 Museum rushes for spring opening

    Construction crews at the Ground Zero site have finished the big pieces. Now they're busy installing the smaller projects and exhibits that will help the world commemorate the worst day in New York's history.

    By Theresa Agovino
    As the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attack approaches, construction workers are toiling to ensure that this will be last time the date is commemorated without a museum open at Ground Zero.

    All the large artifacts of the tragedy—such as two pieces of steel that were bent from the impact of the plane that hit the North Tower and mangled rebar that resembles a giant ball of yarn—have been installed in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Amid the sound of shrieking drills and the sight of sparks flying from blow torches, workers are readying the building for the installation of smaller pieces and exhibits so it can open in the late spring of 2014.

    "The progress in construction has been tremendous," said Joseph Daniels, CEO of the museum. "We've got a lot of momentum."

    Last year at this time, construction had been stalled for roughly 12 months because of a dispute between the museum and the site's owner, the Port Authority of New York and Jersey. Shortly after the disagreement was resolved, Superstorm Sandy hit, flooding the site and temporarily halting progress again.

    There have been other controversies, even as construction has moved along. Earlier this year, the museum's board decided it will charge an entrance fee of between $20 and $25, angering some who believe it should be free.

    It will cost $60 million a year to run the museum and memorial, which are costing $700 million to build. The museum has raised $450 million, and it received $390 million in government grants.
    "We need to run a sacred place, standards must be very high, security must be tight" Mr. Daniels said. "All of that costs money to effectuate."

    He stressed that victims' family members will never have to pay, and there will be discounted admissions for many groups. Additionally, for several hours a week, the museum will be free. He said the exact price will be set before the end of the year to allow for the museum to start selling tickets in early 2014. Visitors will be assigned times to enter the museum just as they do to see the memorial, which remains free.

    The first artifact visitors see when passing through the museum's ground-level glass pavilion before descending into its below-ground exhibits are two of the steel "tridents" that anchored the towers. In a jarring juxtaposition, One World Trade Center, a building that replaced the towers, is visible behind them.

    Visitors will then see a photo of Manhattan taken in the minutes before the planes hit. As they pass by a global map, they'll hear recordings of what people from all over the world remember that day. They make their way past the slurry wall, a steel-studded concrete expanse that was originally built to keep the Hudson River out of the World Trade Center, and walk by the so-called Survivor's Stairs, which extended from the WTC plaza to Vesey Street, providing a means of escape for hundreds of people.

    In the center of what's dubbed "Foundation Hall" is the last piece of steel removed from the site in a ceremony in May 2002. It is covered with notes, messages and mementos from recovery workers and first responders.

    There are two main parts to the museum. One is dedicated to remembering the 2,983 people that died at the site, including the six who were murdered in the 1993 attack. Located in what was the footprint of the South Tower, it will feature some of their possessions as well as recorded messages about them from family and friends. "That is not about their death but how they lived," said the museum's director, Alice Greenwald.

    The other part, which is located in the footprint of the North Tower, is devoted to the event's history. Deciding what to display to tell the story was a thorny process. Ms. Greenwald noted that about a third of the globe's population witnessed the events. Many people, especially survivors and victims' family members, have strong opinions about what should be said and shown.

    All the references to the hijackers, Osama bin Laden and the rise of Al Quaida, for instance, are in the historical section, far from the exhibits on family members. Also, located in that area are some of the larger artifacts including another Trident from one of the towers. It will be used as a screen for film featuring testimony from recovery workers. "It is one of the most eerie things I've ever experienced," Ms. Greenwald said. "It’s like the steel is telling you a story."

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    Excellent pics, access the link for a video at the bottom of the article, showing the work done so far down in the museum.

    National September 11 Memorial & Museum gets finishing touches as 12th anniversary of 9/11 approaches

    The museum, opening in spring 2014, will be housed in the sacred ground beneath the place where the twin towers once stood. Artifacts, including 24 large relics already installed, will chronicle the history of the tragic day and explore living in a 'post-9/11 world.'

    By Corinne Lestch / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Friday, September 6, 2013, 11:37 PM

    Mary Altaffer/AP

    One World Trade Center rises in the background behind steel tridents that once rose from the base of the North Tower.

    The memory of those lost on 9/11 will soon have a new home — in the sacred ground beneath the place where the twin towers once stood.
    Finishing touches are just now being put on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, officials said Friday.
    Mary Altaffer/AP

    The original stairway from the World Trade Center Plaza to Vesey Street (left).

    Outfitting the museum has taken three years of painstaking work, but as New Yorkers and the rest of the world prepare for the 12th anniversary of the tragic day, solid progress has been made.
    Mary Altaffer/AP

    The New York City Fire Department Engine Co. 21 truck, which will be one of the larger items on display at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

    Museum staff have installed relics for the historical exhibition and unearthed rescue vehicles to paint a poignant picture of the horrible events and the bravery shown by so many first responders and ordinary New Yorkers.

    Mary Altaffer/AP

    Construction is racing ahead inside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks draws near. Joe Daniels (center) president of the 9/11 Memorial, speaks to reporters during a tour Friday.

    “Every artifact in the museum has a story to tell,” said museum director Alice Greenwald. “Whether monumental pieces of steel structure from the twin towers ... or intimate objects like a watch worn by a passenger aboard one of the hijacked planes, artifacts have the power to connect us to history with an unmatched immediacy.”
    The museum, which will open in spring 2014, currently has 24 large artifacts installed inside its hallowed walls.
    Mary Altaffer/AP

    Finishing touches are just now being put on the museum.

    They will chronicle the history of the day and explore the impact of living in a “post-9/11 world.”
    Mary Altaffer/AP

    The 'cross' (left) made of intersecting steel beams found in the rubble of 6 World Trade Center, and a fragment of a trident column (center), one of 84 that formed the exterior structure of each tower, are displayed during a tour of the museum.

    The larger-than-life items include the head of a grappler, which was used by engineers to lift debris from the pile at Ground Zero; the cross at Ground Zero, which was formed by intersecting steel beams and gave hope and healing to many rescue workers; and a partly recovered FDNY Engine Company 21 truck, which was dispatched when United Flight 175 struck the south tower.
    Mary Altaffer/AP

    Outfitting the museum has taken three years of painstaking work, but as New Yorkers and the rest of the world prepare for the 12th anniversary of the tragic day, solid progress has been made.

    “These artifacts will preserve the powerful story of 9/11 for generations to come,” said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels.
    People making the pilgrimage to Ground Zero will have to pay from $20 to $25 to descend into the underground museum.
    Mary Altaffer/AP

    The slurry wall (left), part of the World Trade Center's original foundation, and the last column removed from the WTC site, (center, covered in a protective wrap).

    Mary Altaffer/AP

    A steel column from The North Tower that was mangled during the inferno on Sept. 11.

    Mary Altaffer/AP

    'These artifacts will preserve the powerful story of 9/11 for generations to come,' said 9/11 Memorial President Daniels. Pictured here is the slurry wall, part of the World Trade Center's original foundation.

    Richard Drew/AP

    The museum will explore the impact of living in a 'post-9/11 world.'

    Mary Altaffer/AP

    A contractor works on a column near the slurry wall (left). The artifacts will chronicle the history of the tragic day.

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    Some beautiful shots during the ceremony. One shot was a closeup of the twisting rivulets going into the pools while music was playing. Very moving.

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    From the webcam it seems that the structure they've been putting together is some sort of an awning on the north side of the building. I could be totally wrong though.

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    Wall Street Journal
    January 23, 2014

    9/11 Memorial Sets $24 Ticket Price

    Ticket Price Approved As Part Of $63 million Budget


    The National September 11 Memorial Museum will charge general admission of $24 when it opens in mid-May, the memorial's board of trustees decided Thursday.

    The ticket price was approved as part of a $63 million operating budget and financial plan to keep the memorial and museum running in the absence of government support, as the memorial prepares a renewed push for funding from Congress.

    Relatives of Sept. 11 victims will always be granted free admission, and the museum will be open free to the public for three hours every Tuesday evening, said Joe Daniels, the memorial's president. He added that discounts would be offered for students, seniors, recovery workers and first responders.

    "We feel very good about our operating model going forward," Mr. Daniels said. "As much as we believe that the federal government should play a role in supporting this project, it would be irresponsible for us to count on that."

    Jim Riches, a retired deputy fire chief who lost his son on Sept. 11, called the ticket price "disgraceful." He argued that the federal government should fully fund the memorial, allowing for free admission. "Middle-class families can't afford $100 to go to the museum," he said.

    Monica Iken, who lost her husband in the attacks and serves on the memorial's board, said that in the absence of government support, charging $24 is "very reasonable."

    "To be honest, it's worth the admission," she said, noting that the board could reconsider the ticket price if Congress approves funding.

    The museum's opening will bump the foundation's annual operating costs to $63 million from $41 million in fiscal-year 2013. Under the plan adopted Thursday, the memorial foundation expects to cover nearly two-thirds of its operating costs through museum tickets, concessions and gift-shop sales. Mr. Daniels said the foundation will cover the remainder with annual fundraising.

    The memorial does not have an endowment, and its efforts to secure funding from Congress and New York City so far have been unsuccessful. Mr. Daniels said he hopes to launch an endowment campaign sometime after the museum opens.

    When the memorial's board last spring decided to consider a museum admission price of between $20 and $25, some people objected, saying the museum should be free.

    Mr. Daniels said charging admission was the "prudent thing to do." He noted that other New York museums charge admission in the same range but have the advantage of government funding or endowment income—while the 9/11 memorial does not.

    "We need to make sure the memorial and museum stay open forever," he said. "Visitors come here and have this very special experience. They are willing to pay for it."

    Some 5.3 million people visited the memorial plaza last year. Officials expect 2.5 million people to visit the museum each year.

    Museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, which allow visitors to pay what they wish, occupy city-owned buildings and receive significant operating support from the city. The Museum of Modern Art charges $25. It receives no government funding but, like the Met and the natural history museum, its operating budget is supported by a sizable endowment.

    The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the memorial foundation planned to ask Mayor Bill de Blasio to subsidize the memorial's operations. A new city subsidy would reverse a decision made by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who felt that because the terrorist attacks were a national event, Congress—and not the city—should help fund the memorial. Mr. Bloomberg has been chairman of the memorial foundation since 2006.

    Mr. de Blasio, asked about the planned appeal, said the memorial "is extraordinarily important all of us," but added that "the federal government needs to play a role here."

    In 2011, the memorial asked for $20 million in annual federal funding in a bill sponsored by the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. That effort was blocked by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, who argued for equivalent cuts in the federal budget and asked whether the city and state had committed funds.

    Mr. Daniels said the foundation still plans to seek city, state and federal funding but will focus first on Congress. The offices of Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer have been crafting language for a revised funding bill. With the memorial's newly approved operating budget in hand, they can now finalize their pitch, Mr. Daniels said.

    Among other things, the foundation will seek a federal subsidy for security costs, which total between $10 million and $12 million a year, Mr. Daniels said.

    "We think that the security here, that's appropriate for the government to help out with," he said. "This is a place that was attacked twice."

    The 9/11 museum ticket sales are expected to replace what has until now been the memorial's biggest revenue stream: donations and transaction fees collected when visitors book timed tickets for the memorial plaza.

    Around the time of the museum's opening, or shortly after, memorial officials expect the construction fences around the memorial plaza to come down. The removal of the fences will mean that timed tickets will no longer be necessary. Visitors will be able to wander freely onto the plaza from the surrounding sidewalks.

    Advance ticket sales for the museum are expected to start in late March, Mr. Daniels said.

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    New York Post
    March 23, 2014

    World Trade Center museum to receive 9/11 victims’ remains

    By Susan Edelman

    Remains Repository at the World Trade Center Site

    The city is quietly preparing to move more than 8,000 unidentified body parts to their new resting place in the 9/11 Museum.

    “We’re getting ready,” said city Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer. “We’re planning the move.”

    Lee Ielpi, whose firefighter son, Jonathan, died on 9/11, said the remains should be moved in a solemn motorcade “with clergy of all religions to show the world how we treat our dead, murdered on 9/11, with respect and dignity.”

    The “remains repository” will be hidden from view behind a wall engraved with a quote by Virgil: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” The space will include an ME’s office, to continue DNA-ID efforts, and a family visiting room.

    Some 9/11 relatives strongly oppose putting the remains in the museum — which will charge $24 for admission — saying visitors should not have to fork over cash to pay their respects.

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    New York Times
    March 24, 2014

    New 9/11 Museum Announces It Will Open May 21


    After years of planning, the national museum created to document and memorialize the devastating attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, will open to the public on May 21.

    The museum has set aside the preceding week as a dedication period, when it will be kept open 24 hours a day so that survivors, the families of victims, emergency workers and neighborhood residents and business owners can preview the 110,000 square feet of exhibitions and tributes that document the history and memorialize the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.

    “We are honored that the first people to experience this Museum will be the men and women who came to our aid and protected us on 9/11, the families of the innocent victims killed that day, and the survivors who lived to tell the tale of an unimaginable horror so that we may learn from the past,” said former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who is also chairman of the memorial. “The Museum is built upon their incredible stories.”

    The National September 11 Memorial Museum extends seven stories underground to the schist bedrock. It includes thousands of artifacts, as small as a wedding ring and as large as a smashed fire truck. The historical exhibit details the terrorist attacks and the events that led up to them, and the aftermath. A section of the museum is dedicated to honoring the dead.

    The museum will have a $24 admission fee and tickets will be available starting March 26 at Families of the victims as well as registered rescue and recovery workers can visit for free, though they will need a reservation.

    The museum is adjacent to the 9/11 memorial, which consists of twin pools and waterfalls in the footprints of the tower and the names of people who died. It opened in 2011. Admission to the memorial is free although visitors must secure passes, which can be reserved in advance or are available at a nearby visitors’ center.

    © 2014 The New York Times Company

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    Includes photo gallery with 19 pics, some never seen before.

    Officials, families of victims get early look inside 9/11 Museum

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be in the city Thursday for a dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which opens next Wednesday. The facility at the site of the twin towers features many artifacts from the day of New York’s greatest tragedy, including a fire truck that responded after planes hit the World Trade Center.

    BY Barry Paddock , Corky Siemaszko
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1:16 PM

    Jin LeeThe remains of a fire truck that responded to the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11 are seen inside the museum.

    Welcome to the crucible of New York City’s pain.
    The custodians of the soon-to-be-opened Sept. 11 museum took reporters Wednesday on a tour of what former Mayor Michael Bloomberg called a monument to unity.
    “It tells how in the aftermath of the attacks, our city, our nation and people across the world came together,” he said.

    Paula Berry, a mother-of-three whose husband died in the South Tower, said it’s also a monument to anguish.
    “When I saw it in completion it actually floored me,” said Berry, who sits on the board of the September 11 Memorial & Museum. “It's extraordinarily hard. It's going to be hard for family members to see and re-experience that day.”
    But it could also bring closure to the relatives of the nearly 3,000 lost souls, she said.

    Jin LeeA bike rack found within the wreckage near the twin towers seen inside the 9/11 memorial.

    “This is going to be a very powerful and necessary experience,” Berry said. “It will be healing.”
    Bloomberg, the memorial foundation’s chairman who put $15 million of his own money toward the museum, was on hand when the visitors arrived.

    “This museum stands as a testament, I think, to how we can overcome anything if we stand together,” he said. “It’s been a lot of work to get here. It was never easy, but it was essential.”
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will represent the nation at the dedication ceremony on Thursday. It opens to the public next Wednesday.

    “It’s a very important day in the city, in the country and, I would argue, in the civilized world,” Bloomberg said. “It will help ensure that all future generations know what happened on that day — and why it happened.”
    Bloomberg also announced that a donation from the Helmsley Charitable Trust will make the museum free to New York State school groups for the first two years.

    Jin Lee‘It's going to be hard for family members to see and re-experience that day,’ said one victim’s family member of the 9/11 Museum.

    Casting a glance at the burned remains of a city fire truck that responded to the terror attack — and which is now part of the exhibit — Bloomberg grew pensive.
    “All I could think of is, ‘I wonder what happened to the firefighters who were assigned on that fire truck,” the mayor said. “Did they survive and what were their last thought if they didn't?”

    The World Trade Center towers were brought down on Sept. 11, 2001, when Islamic fanatics rammed hijacked planes into the buildings.
    The Al Qaeda terrorists, directed by Osama Bin Laden, also crashed another commandeered plane into the Pentagon. A fourth plane ploughed into a Pennsylvania field after the passengers rose up against the hijackers.

    Jin LeeOn Thursday, President Obama will be in the city for a dedication ceremony to the museum, seen above.

    Plans for a memorial began taking shape even before Obama gave the order to take out Bin Laden.
    But construction of the memorial has not been without controversy. And relatives of the dead — especially those whose remains have not been recovered — have been highly critical of planting a museum that requires a $24 entrance fee in what to them remains a grave.

    Bloomberg said they are a minority.
    “There are roughly 3,000 families that think this is a good idea and roughly a dozen that don't,” he said. “In the end, you have to make a decision and do what you think is right. Democracy is a process — and we want through that process.”

    Bloomberg also addressed criticism that a film called “The Rise of Al Qaeda” seen at the end of the exhibition tars all Muslims are terrorists.“We’ve been very careful to make sure that the film, which staying true to what actually happened, doesn’t in any shape or form do that,” Bloomberg said.

    First look inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum

    The footprints of the fallen twin towers are now two granite basins of cascading water that can been seen from the street-level plaza.
    There is also a three-story pavilion — a 50,000-square-foot atrium — between the two memorial pools. In there is a private room for the families most marked by that awful day where they can mourn away from prying eyes.
    The rest of the museum is 70 feet below ground, where the foundations of the absent buildings reside.

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    New York Times
    May 14, 2014

    A New Story Told at Ground Zero

    The National September 11 Memorial Museum


    When the twin towers collapsed, multiple floors of concrete, drywall, carpeting and furniture were compressed into single, meteorlike objects. Two of these fragments, known as composites, were recovered during the excavation and were among the many thousands of artifacts considered for display in the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

    Though the composites had been tested and showed no evidence of human remains, debate ensued. Should the objects be included in the museum at all? If so, how should they be preserved? And where?

    A history museum crafts a narrative about the past by making choices. But in this case the choices that define the story have been predictably fraught. The museum must speak to competing audiences: survivors and families, those who watched on television, others not yet born, New Yorkers, and tourists from around the world.

    The resulting museum is the product of years of conversation among architects, designers, curators, Sept. 11 families, psychologists and historians. Every detail has been considered, from the placement of a 58-ton steel column to the display of a woman’s shoes.

    So it is that one of the composites now sits in a secluded alcove in the footprint of the north tower. Not too far away there is a stand with a box of tissues — also placed there by the exhibition designers.

    Below, a tour of a space more than a decade in the making.

    Interactive Tour

    © 2014 The New York Times Company

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    Even if you remove the argument of whether or not it was appropriate to host a "commemoration party" within the museum, it's amazing that the organizers didn't comprehend the controversy it would cause.

    And of course, there just has to be a restaurant. Like the memorial and museum are in the wilderness, and there's just no other place to get a nosh.

    Catharsis consumerism at the 9/11 memorial museum

    The social satire writes itself, our columnist suggests

    Anne Kingston May 21, 2014

    Immediately after 9/11, then-president George W. Bush told Americans to get on with their lives—to travel, to spend, to keep the economy going—lest the terrorists win. So there’s some weird synchronicity in the fact that the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which opens to the public today, has become an exemplar of an emerging trend best described as “catharsis consumerism,” wherein every experience, no matter how profound, sacred, distressing or uplifting, requires some take-away or enjoyment. The 9/11 museum, a site commemorating the most horrific event to take place on American soil—one that resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and that now houses unidentified human remains—has come under attack itself for boasting a gift shop selling FDNY dog vests, silk scarves adorned with images of the the fallen twin towers, and Pandora charms. In “Little Shop of Horrors,” the New York Post quotes Diane Horning, whose son died at the World Trade Center, expressing her anger that the place feels like a cheap roadside attraction: “To me, it’s the crassest, most insensitive thing to have a commercial enterprise at the place where my son died.”

    Horning is also unhappy that a restaurant will open on the site, the details of which became public yesterday. Danny Meyer, who operates the Union Square Café and is one of New York’s most successful restaurateurs, will operate the 80-seat Pavillion Café slated to open this summer. In a release, Meyer describes his latest venture in a burial site in sombre terms as “a place to rest, to reflect and, hopefully, to be restored.” All is carefully cloaked in tastefulness and patriotism. Visitors will be offered a ”subdued, seasonal, mostly vegetarian menu” with soul-nurturing “comfort foods like tomato soup, grilled cheese and brownies.” Appetizers (ricotta with peas, salmon confit, red-lentil hummus) will be “designed to be shared.” The focus is on made-in-the-USA: “ingredients from local farms” and “New York-made draft beers and American wines.”

    The social satire writes itself. It’s also a modern truism that you can’t run a cultural institution without providing consumer take-away—hence, gift shops selling Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired dish towels and Klimt-inspired earrings, along with first-rate restaurants. Meyer’s Modern, located in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, is always packed. Anyone who visited the touring According to What? Ai Weiwei show last year will have faced the ironic spectre of viewing antique Chinese vases painted as political insurrection in the exhibit, which were then reproduced and repackaged as trendy home decor for purchase on the way out. Context, as they say, is everything.

    It’s received wisdom that gift shops and restaurants pay the bills and keep the operation open, as the 9/11 Memorial pointed out in a statement: “To care for the Memorial and Museum, our organization relies on private fundraising, gracious donations and revenue from ticketing and carefully selected keepsake items for retail.” Critics of the museum, which has been mired in controversy from Day 1, counter that the gift shop is required to offset a poorly run operation with inflated executive salaries.

    It’s no surprise there’s been backlash to the backlash to the the 9/11 gift shop by some people marshalling the, “Hey, everybody else does it” argument beloved by seven-year-olds. And it’s true that museums commemorating grief or war or historical tragedy—the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum—have souvenir stops. You can buy posters and postcards at Anne Frank’s house, and books at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It isn’t difficult to mount a Mobius-strip argument that catharsis consumerism nurtures connectivity in a consumer culture. But it’s one thing to buy a history book at Auschewitz, another to pick up a pair of “blossom earrings” at the 9/11 museum. The first instructs, the second is intended to make you feel good. And that’s the crux of the uproar: the irreconcilable disconnect between the comfort and pleasure being experienced by visitors to the latest NYC tourist attraction and the reason why they are there, a rupture no amount of buying crap memorabilia will ever begin to heal.

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