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9/11 Memorial And Museum Reopens To General Public Six Months After Coronavirus Forced Shutdown

This post is about the National September 11th Museum , including information on tickets, guided tours, how to get here, and what to expect.

COVID-19 ALERT: Due to the pandemic, the 9/11 Museum will only be open 5 days a week and they will have shorter hours from 10 am – 5 pm daily.

In addition to this, all visitors will be required to wear a mask, remain 6 ft from other visitors at all times, and use hand sanitizer as needed.

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/11 Memorial Museum Admission Ticket

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  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Take the time to explore at your own pacethere’s no rush to exit the museum
  • Start your visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum with a self-guided tour of the exhibitions and multimedia displays. The museum itself is located below the 9/11 Memorial, the reflecting pools that are the footprints of the Twin Towers that fell due to the devastating terrorist attack in 2001. With your timed admission, you have guaranteed entry to stay for as long as you want. It is suggested that you take at least two hours to wander the museum. This admission saves you time by giving you direct entry into the center with your mobile device. The museum also includes a pair of main exhibits: a memorial exhibition called In Memoriam, in honor of the people who lost their lives that day in 2001 as well as the people who were killed during the World Trade Center 1993 bombing. The second exhibition is September 11, 2001, a three-part exhibition that tells the tale of the day and analyzes motives for the attacks. It also shows the aftereffects of the attack and how the event changed the world, both locally and globally. This museum experience brings out the emotions in the guests who visit. Get ready to hear the stories of loss and sadness, of compassion and recovery, as you explore the space.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Guided Tour Of 9/11 Memorial

Even though slightly costlier, the guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial is the best way to explore and understand the National monument.

Considering the nature of this tourist attraction, a local New York guide can provide a personal feel to your tour.

You get a 90-minute guided walking tour of Ground Zero, including the 9/11 Memorial.

The ticket includes a skip-the-line entry to get to the 9/11 Museum as well, which you must explore on your own.

Ticket price

Kids ticket : $59Infant ticket : Free entry

/11 Memorial + 9/11 Museum + Observatory

9/11 Memorial &  Museum Tickets

We highly recommend this combo ticket if you are a group of adults or if your children are old enough to manage roughly five hours of exploration.

At the 9/11 Memorial, you pay your respects to the fallen heroes of the terrorist attack during the guided tour.

Then you can skip the lines and go straight to the 11 September Museum.

During the final leg of your visit to the complex, you will visit One World Observatory, the worlds highest observation deck.

Ticket price

Kids ticket : $99Infant ticket : Free entry

Look For A Combo Deal

There are also combo packages such as the New York Top 3 package which includes admission to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Empire State Building, and a 48 Hour Hop on Hop off bus tour.

This package is $80 for adults and $71 for children when you use the coupon code SAVE10.

Check this list of New York City combo packages for more deals.

See Forever At One World Observatory At One World Trade Center

Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory, will provide unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters. Three floors of innovation and inspiration will complement the seemingly endless views, evoking feelings of the citys signature pride, hope and determination.

One World Observatory is generously offering complimentary tickets to the Observatory for immediate family members who lost a loved one on 9/11 and first responders and recovery workers who responded from to one of the sites of the attacks. Complimentary tickets are administered by the 9/11 Tribute Museum, a project of the September 11th Families Association. Each family member may register for up to four tickets and each 9/11 rescue and recovery worker may register for up to two tickets. Immediate family members include parents, spouses, domestic partners, siblings and children. One week advance registration is required for complimentary tickets which are only available at the 9/11 Tribute Museum. Complimentary tickets are not available at One World Observatory box office.

Directions from the 9/11 Tribute Museum will be provided to One World Observatory. From the 9/11 Tribute Museum, One World Observatory is a short walk across the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

/11 Museum & Memorial Tickets

This is the cheapest and the most popular 9/11 Museum ticket.

You get to see everything in the 9/11 Museum and also get to explore the Memorial.

While booking the ticket, you must opt for a time slot.

Ticket price

Adult ticket : $28Kids ticket : $17Youth ticket : $22Senior ticket : $22Infant ticket : Free entry

The guided tour of the 9/11 Museum & Memorial offers a comprehensive experience, and if you can afford it, we highly recommend it.

Considering the nature of this tourist attraction, a local New York guide can provide a personal feel to your tour.

The experience starts with a 90-minute guided walking tour of Ground Zero, including the 9/11 Memorial.

Later, you use the exclusive skip-the-line entry to get to the 9/11 Museum and explore it on your own.

Ticket price

Adult ticket : $69Kids ticket : $59Infant ticket : Free entry

Visiting 9/11 Memorial And Museum Quick Facts

9/11 Memorial Museum’s gift shop controversy
  • The 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of 9-11 and opened to the public on 9-12-11
  • The Preview Site, at 20 Vesey Street provides visitors with information about the 9/11 Memorial, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and World Trade Center redevelopment.
  • The 9/11 Memorial Museum opened May 21, 2014
  • The New World Trade Center Towers include One World Trade Center , and WTC 2 through 7

Free Admission Monday Evenings

Free admission will be available for all visitors every Monday from 3:30 pm to 5 pm .

A limited number of advance tickets for these free Mondays will be available online, starting each Monday at 7 am.

A limited number of tickets are available at the box office every Monday on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: While admission is free, there is an expectation that you donate at least $10 per person. This isn’t required, but you might feel uncomfortable when asked.

Admission to the museum is included for free with the purchase of either the New York Pass, the Explorer Pass, or the CityPass booklet.

Read our post comparing the different tourist attractions passes in NYC.

On Mondays, we run our 9/11 and World Trade Center Tour @ 2 pm , ending just in time to get a good spot on the line for free Monday entry.

Or, visit the museum first and take our 911 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour @7 pm .

Check For Free Days And Times

If you live in or are traveling to some of the largest cities in the U.S., check to see which museums are always free or offer free admission on certain days of the week or month. You can do this by Googling free museums or free museum admission days, plus the city and state you want to visit. You can also check this list, which is not exhaustive, but includes one free museum per state. This list includes all the art museums in the U.S. by admission price and includes a free section at the bottom.

Some always-free museums include the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum in Seattle.

Many more offer free admission on a particular day of the week or month. Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, is free on Fridays, for example. Admission is free every Sunday at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, and the National History Museum in Los Angeles is free every first Tuesday.

For other cities, check tourism sites for your destination, or look up the location on Tripsavvy. Information varies by city, but youll find articles on free museums and galleries in Minneapolis and Denver, for example.

/11 Tribute Museum Tickets

The 9/11 Tribute Museum aims to help visitors understand the events surrounding the USAs largest emergency response and recovery effort.

Visitors can see personals stories of the victims displayed at the exhibitions.

The operating hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. The last entry takes place 30 minutes before closing.

You will need around 45 minutes to explore this Museum.

The Tribute Museum is 500 meters from the 9/11 Memorial.

The 9/11 Tribute Museum tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with valid IDs, and $5 for children below three years.

How Do You Book 9

9/11 Memorial and Museum

9-11 Memorial & Museum tickets and guided tours are available for sale on the official website. You can also find tickets through third-party travel sites like Viator and GetYourGuide.

Please note that 9-11 Memorial & Museum tickets and tours get discounted on a regular basis. Use our search engine and compare all the different offers available for your desired date.

How To Buy 9/11 Memorial Museum Tickets

If you only plan on visiting the outdoor 9/11 Memorial, you do not need to purchase tickets. While it once required a reservation, the memorial is now free for public viewing.

Those who wish to view the exhibits inside must purchase 9/11 Memorial Museum tickets. To do so, you can either purchase tickets on-site or online. I recommend purchasing your tickets online in advance. Not only can you take advantage of discounts, but youll also be guaranteed entry and skip the line. Make sure you print your tickets or have the barcode readily available on your phone so the museum staff can scan them for entry.

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The museum tickets operate on a schedule and your ticket will have a specific time for entry. If you purchase tickets day-of, you may not have an entry time until later in the day depending on crowds.

In addition, you can also obtain free 9/11 Memorial Museum tickets on Tuesdays starting at 4:00 pm. These tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check To See If You Fit Into A Certain Group

Most museums offer free admission or special pricing for certain types of people. Discounted or free tickets for children, seniors, students, veterans and active military is common at many museums all year long, so be sure to ask and check websites .

If youre visiting museums in your hometown, check to see if they offer free or discounted admission to local residents. For instance, New Yorks Met lets you decide what youll pay if youre a resident of New York State or a student in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. Detroit Institute of the Arts is always free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Be sure to bring appropriate proof of residency.

A collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families resulted in the Blue Star Museums program. Running for more than a decade, the program makes admission free for active-duty military personnel and their families to more than 2,000 museums between Armed Forces Day and Labor Day. Participating museums for 2022 will be announced on the website in May, but the 2021 list spanned all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Museums included the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and the Lancaster Science Factory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Research In Advance To Find Museum Discounts And Freebies

The one common denominator in all of these deals is that it pays to do some planning before you travel. Before you book a trip, go online and look up the museums in or near your destination. If they offer free admissions on certain days or weekends, decide if you can time your trip to take advantage of those perks.

Inside The Museum: Rules Exhibits & Emotions

9/11 Museum in NYC reopens to public

After you complete the security checkpoint, you can either walk upstairs to the Museum Cafe to grab a bite to eat or head downstairs into the museum. If you elect to start with the museum, youll also be presented with the choice to participate in a free audio tour lead by a museum staff member or docent.

Widely Regarded As An Essential Experience When Visiting New York

Skip the ticket line and enjoy guaranteed admission to the incredible 9/11 Memorial Museum with our 9/11 Memorial Museum Timed-Entry Ticket. This moving tribute of remembrance honours the nearly 3,000 people killed in the multiple terror attacks on 11 September 2001 and tells their story through first-person accounts and multi-media displays.

The 9/11 Museum: What You Need To Know Before You Go

Following a weeklong dedication period that began May 15, with special viewings and memorials for 9/11 families, survivors, and first responders, the 9/11 Museum will officially open to the public on May 21. Given the nature of the museum, there are tighter security restrictions, as well as things to keep in mind while youre at the space. If youre planning to visit, heres what you need to know before you make the trip.

Book your tickets beforehand.

Sadly, free opening-day tickets are sold out. But you can reserve tickets two weeks in advance regular-admission passes are $24, with discounts for seniors, students, veterans, and children. Of course, 9/11 families and first responders always receive free admission. Tickets also include admission to the 9/11 Memorial, located on the plaza above the museum.

The museum will also offer free admission on Tuesday nights beginning May 27 some tickets will be available online two weeks beforehand.

Memorial Hall

Expect a security check.

Unsurprisingly, museum visitors go through a security screening before admission. The museum has a detailed breakdown of what to expect on its website, but here are the basics: Dont bring a large bag use common sense about what will be prohibited and you’ll go through a magnetometer beforehand.

You can bring tribute items to the memorial.
Other than that, standard museum rules apply.
Emotionally prepare for the experience.
Silence your cell phone.

Visiting The Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial

Visitor passes are no longer required as of May 2014.

  • As of May 2014, the 9-11 Memorial no longer requires a visitor pass or reservation. More: 911memorial.org
  • If you are visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a ticket is required.
  • Print your maps in advance telling you the location of names .
  • Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for a complete visit.
  • Be prepared to show your identification and go through a security screening.
  • Plan to spend at least an hour at the Memorial. Even if youre not a “typical tourist,” there is so much to absorb and process.
  • Consider a guided 9-11 Memorial Tour, if you are interested in a personal guided tour or want to combine a 9-11 Memorial visit with other downtown sightseeing options, such as Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty.

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How To Get To The 9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 Memorial &  Museum Tickets

Once in the city, youll need to determine how youll get to the museum. If youre staying in the city for a few days, see which subway line is closest to the hotel. During my visit, I took the 5 train from Grand Central Terminal to the Fulton Street Station and walked the rest of the way to the museum.

While you can hail a taxi or a ride-sharing service such as Uber, itll be far more expensive than taking the subway. Using the subway is super easy and affordable!

If youre staying in Lower Manhattan, walking may be your most advantageous mode of transportation to the museum.

About The New World Trade Center Towers

The New World Trade Center Towers will include World Trade Centers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

View from One World Trade Center, 88th Floor

One World Observatory, located on the 100-102 floors of the new World Trade Center will open to the public on May 29, 2015. The experience includes unparalleled panoramic views from atop the tallest building in the United States, educational movies, history and dining options. More Info: One World Observatory NYC

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When You Have Not Bought Tickets In Advance

If you havent already purchased 9/11 Museum tickets online, you must line up at the ticket counter.

Depending on the day and day of the week, this waiting time can go up to 45 minutes.

There will be a sign mentioning the next time slot for which tickets are available for purchase at the ticket counter.

This information will help you decide if you want to stand in the ticketing line or not because you may not always get the tickets for the immediate next time slot.

For instance, if you reached the ticketing line at 2 pm and the next available time slot is 4 pm, you will be given a ticket with 4 pm mentioned on it.

So even though you may have your tickets by 2.30 pm, you can enter the Museum only at 4 pm.

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