Photo Essay

  • Tourists at the September 11 Memorial Plaza peer into the September 11 museum, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • Tourists at the September 11 Memorial in front of the South Pool footprint of the World Trade Center, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y. On May 21, 2014, the 9/11 Museum opened to the public. 7000 free tickets were reserved well in advance, and the plaza was modestly crowded with visitors.  Although the exhibition space has been well reviewed, the museum has been the subject of some controversy.  The large gift shop has been criticized as overly commercial and a VIP party the night before the opening was criticized for serving alcohol and having a festive atmosphere.
  • (L) Two men sit on a bench with the reflection of the new World Trade Center in the background, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y. (R) A man pauses in front of the Engine 10 Ladder 10 FDNY station, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.  Five members of the '10 house' were killed on 9/11.
  • Tourists at the September 11 Memorial take photographs of the World Trade Center and the September 11 Museum, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • A tourists walk in front of a memorial outside the Engine 10 Ladder 10 FDNY station, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y. Five members of the '10 house' were killed on 9/11.
  • A man sells rudimentary 9/11 pamphlets on Liberty Street, a block away from the September 11 memorial plaza, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • Tourists at the September 11 Memorial in front of the South Pool footprint of the World Trade Center, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • Street performers in Zuccotti Park, just down the block from the 9/11 memorial and museum, May 21, 2014 in New York, N.Y.
  • Tourists outside the September 11 museum chat with a worker at the 9/11 memorial, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • Tourists at the September 11 Memorial ask a family member to take a picture of them in front of the South Pool footprint of the World Trade Center, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • Tourists at the September 11 Memorial talk to each other in front of the newly opened September 11 Museum, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
  • Tourists at the September 11 Memorial in front of the South Pool footprint of the World Trade Center, May 21, 2014, in New York, N.Y.
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Years after deadly attacks, 9/11 museum opens

Updated

Thirteen years after the deadly terrorist attack on American soil, a museum commemorating the horrifying incident that killed nearly 3,000 has opened to the public. 

The museum opening comes a week after family members of the victims and rescue workers were first allowed in to view the site.

The museum includes 10,000 artifacts—startling visuals like well-worn staircases that workers ran down to escape the falling building, crushed ambulances and fire-trucks—as well as 23,000 still images and an archive of more than 500 hours, according to the New York Post.

The museum normally costs $24, but it was free on the first day to the first 7,000 who requested tickets online ahead of the grand opening.

Survivors and family members of the victims can enter the museum free of charge.