Ground Zero Memorial
and Museum:
A First-Hand Guide

The Ground Zero Memorial and Museum (officially called the 9/11 Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial Museum) is a must visit for everyone-residents

and tourists alike. It is a living tribute to the past, to those who sacrificed their lives, and a symbol for hope in the future. To underscore public interest, free tickets to the September 12 opening went in a matter of hours.


WHAT IS
THE GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL?

The Ground Zero Memorial occupies about half of the actual site of the former World Trade Center complex. It features two large (about an acre in size) waterfalls and reflecting pools, built where the original twin towers once stood. More than 400 trees will be planted around the pools, an area earmarked for contemplation and prayer. The names of those who died in both terrorist attacks, February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001, are in inscribed in bronze plaques that surround the reflecting pools. It is a very beautiful and solemn place. Admission to the Ground Zero Memorial is free at all times.



WHAT IS THE 9/11 MUSEUM?

The 9/11 holds a large collection of artifacts, photographs, audio and video tapes, personal effects and memorabilia, tributes and remembrances, recorded testimonies and files and websites about the related to the history of the World Trade Center, and the events of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.

Admission to the Memorial is free at all times.  Here are regular admission prices:  

GENERAL ADMISSION

Adult: $24.00
Senior (65+): $18.00
U.S Veteran: $18.00                                                                                 College Student: $18.00
Youth (7-17): $15.00
9/11 Family Members:  Free
Museum Members: Free with valid membership
 

MUSEUM ADMISSION INCLUDING TOUR

Adult: $44.00
Senior (65+): $38.00
U.S Veteran: $38.00                                                                                 College Student: $38.00
Youth (7-17): $35.00
9/11 Family Members:  $15
Museum Members:  $20
Children under the age of 6: Free
                            

MUSEUM ADMISSION W/MEMORIAL TOUR

Adult: $39.00
Senior (65+): $33.00
U.S Veteran: $33.00                                                                                 College Student: $33.00
Youth (7-17): $30.00
9/11 Family Members:  $15
Children under the age of 6: Free

TIP: Buy your tickets in advance to avoid the MASSIVE lines. You will still have to go through a security line but this pales in comparison to the ticket buyer's line.

TIP: Take the tour!  The tour guides bring to life items that you will see--and would otherwise not know.

DISCOUNTS

1) BUY a New York City Pass NOW and enjoy FREE admission! Click here for tickets nad more information!
2) FREE ADMISSION TUESDAYS (from 5:00 pm to Close) Free admission Tuesday tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum starting at 4:00 pm.

GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL, DOWNTOWN NYC TOURS,  AND CITY PASSES

I encourage you to take advantage of the many interesting tours and museums that are in the Ground Zero area. Plan to see several of these in one day. See below how you can save BIG:

  • New York City Vacation Packages offers five different unique tours of Ground Zero (includes entry into the 9/11 Memorial.
  • Get the New York City Explorer Pass and enjoy any and all of these tours in the area:
    ---New York Water Taxi’s Hop-On/Hop-Off service with a free timed Visitor Pass to the Memorial ($27 value)
    ---Ground Zero Museum Workshop
    ---Wall Street Movie Tour
  • Get the New York Pass and enjoy any and all of the following free:
    ---Tribute WTC Visitor Center 
    ---Museum of American Finance
    ---Museum of Jewish Heritage
    ---The New York City Police Museum
    ---History of Wall Street Tour
    ---Lower Manhattan Walking Tour
  • Save $5 on any NYC Sightseeing Tour keeping in mind that the Super Downtown and the Downtown Tour will drop you off right near the Ground Zero Memorial.

BEFORE YOU GO


To enhance your visitor experience, we recommend downloading the  mobile apps, including the Museum audio guide, before you arrive.

Download the Museum Guide (PDF) for a general overview of what you can expect to see on your visit. Check the Information Desk during your visit for audio tours information.


GROUND ZERO MUSEUM WORKSHOP

I also recommend visiting The Ground Zero Museum Workshop. This museum showcases approximately 100 audio clips and hundreds of photographs taken by the official Ground Zero Photographer, Gary Marlon Suson. Gary Marlon Suson was the only person authorized by the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the city firefighters' main union to be present and take photographs of the recovery. In addition, you will see articles and artifacts found at the site include a piece of the American Airlines plane. Click here for details and available discounts.


TRANSPORTATION TO THE
GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

The 9/11 Memorial is located in Lower Manhattan.  There are so many ways to get to the Ground Zero Memorial:

By Subway:
-Take the A, C, J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains to Fulton Street. Exit onto Fulton St. and walk west to Church Street. Walk south and turn right on Thames Street.
-Take the 2 or 3 trains to Park Place. Exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames Street.
-Take the E train to World Trade Center. Exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames Street.
-Take the R train to Rector Street. Exit onto Trinity Pl. Walk north and turn left on Thames Street.
-Take the R train to Cortlandt Street. Exit onto Church Street. Walk south and turn right on Thames Street
-Take the 1 train to Rector Street. Exit onto Greenwich Street. Walk north and turn left on Albany Street.

Need help in determining how to best route out your trip? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!

For information on subway fares,Metrocards and more Click here!

By Bus:
-Take the M5 Southbound. Get off at Broadway and Thames St. Walk west on Thames Street. Take the M5 Northbound. Get off at Trinity Place and Rector Street. Walk north and turn left on Thames Street.
-Take the M20 Southbound. Get off on South End Avenue between Liberty Street and Albany Street. Walk south and turn left to Albany Street. Continue across West Street and then turn left.
-Take the M22 Southbound: get off on Vesey Street. between North End Avenue. and West Street. Walk south through World Financial Center to Albany Street. Turn left on Albany Street. Continue across West Street. and then turn left.

If you'd like to use the bus to get to the Ground Zero Memorial and Museum and need extra help,use this bus map to help!

By Car:
Need parking deals near the Ground Zero Memorial and Museum? You'll be amazed at the deals I've found.Click here for the best ones around.

By Foot:
Use your handy street map and follow the easiest route to New York City museums.

By the PATH Train:
-Take the PATH to World Trade Center. Exit onto Vesey Street and walk east to Church Street. Walk south and turn right on Thames Street.

Ferry service is available from Midtown Manhattan, New Jersey, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens.

By Ferry:
You can take a ferry from Midtown Manhattan, Stanen Island, Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey! Check out the following sites for details.
New York Water Taxi: www.nywatertaxi.com
Big Taxi Tours: www.bigtaxitours.com
Statue Cruises: www.statuecruises.com
Twin America: www.twinamerica.com
NY Waterway: www.nywaterway.com


WHAT TO BRING TO THE
GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

When you venture out for an outing at any of the New York City museums, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!

TRAVELING WITH KIDS TO
THE GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM?

If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum! I guarantee that there is AT LEAST one tip that will help you during your holiday. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.


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