9/11 Museum Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended 9/11 Museum Family-friendly activities

NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Timed-Entry Ticket

1. NYC: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Timed-Entry Ticket

Benefit from contactless entry to the National September 11 Memorial Museum with your pre-purchased timed-entry ticket. Enjoy complimentary access to the 9/11 Memorial, the Survival Tree, and the Memorial Glades The 9/11 Museum The museum displays over 10,000 monumental artifacts linked to the events of 9/11 and is made up of three permanent exhibition sections: • The Historical Exhibition has three parts: the Day of 9/11, Before 9/11 and After 9/11. It tells the story of what happened on 9/11, including the events at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the story of Flight 93.  • The Memorial Exhibition "In Memoriam", commemorates the lives of those who perished on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 and provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the men, women and children who died. • The Foundation Hall is a room of massive scale, which houses both the last column and the slurry wall.  The 9/11 Memorial (Free Entry) The “National September 11 Memorial” is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.  The memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the memorial pools.

New York City: 9/11 Memorial Tour

2. New York City: 9/11 Memorial Tour

These special 90-minute tours of the 9/11 Memorial are guided by New Yorkers who have a personal connection to that tragic day. Hear their personal stories and the touching recounts of tragedy and heroism of many other everyday citizens. The tour begins at St. Paul's Chapel, the oldest public building in New York City in continuous use. This church miraculously survived the falling buildings and debris from the 9/11 attacks despite it being only a block away. It became a makeshift rescue center during the aftermath and its iron fence became a bulletin board where family members posted notices of their missing loved ones. Today, with the mementos received from people around the world, the church serves as a tribute site. You’ll hear about the heroic emergency responders at the Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Wall, and see Engine and Ladder Company 10/10, the fire station at Ground Zero. Enter the 9/11 Memorial, where you can pay your respects to those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center. See the Reflecting Absence Memorial, the largest manmade waterfall inside the 9/11 Memorial, symbolizing the vast void left by the tragedy. Learn how the names of the nearly 3,000 victims were placed around the waterfall next to their friends, family members, and colleagues. See the new One World Trade Center rise from the ground in this beautiful 8-acre green city oasis. As the tour portion ends, your guide will give you your optional timed admission tickets for the One World Observatory if the option is selected. Step onto a panoramic observation deck that is a marvel of engineering and architecture. The program begins in the lobby of the One World Trade Center with Voices, a film dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Towers and the new One World Trade Center. You will then take the Sky Pod elevator and rise 1,250 feet above ground in 60 seconds. The Observation Deck begins on the 102nd floor with the See Forever Theater and moves down to the 100th floor, where the main observation deck is located. Immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen videos, and dining options mean there's plenty to do, but the true draw is the view, from hundreds of feet above the skyline stretching across all of Manhattan.

9/11 Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-on BOSE Audio Tour

3. 9/11 Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Hands-on BOSE Audio Tour

Head to Manhattan's historical Meatpacking District to experience the real Ground Zero. On this 90-minute visit to the 9/11 Ground Zero Museum Workshop, view rare images featured on international news and listen to the incredible audio stories behind the images that took place during the 9-month dig for the missing victims. See the moving images of 9/11 and listen to a detailed audio narration to learn about those who lost their lives by Gary Marlon Suson, the official photographer at Ground Zero. Mr. Suson was the only photographer in the world allowed full, round-the-clock access to every single area at the World Trade Center, including the dangerous subway tunnels below Ground Zero. Get your own BOSE audio system and headset featuring 100 special stories of 9/11. Kids have raved about the audio tour and parents are amazed at how it holds their child’s interest. Survivors and family members have donated dozens of intimate items, and their stories will truly open your eyes to the aftermath of that single day. Pick up and hold artifacts that represent the 9-month recovery efforts in Lower Manhattan as well as rare pieces of window glass and steel from the World Trade Center- no other museum in NYC allows you to hold rare artifacts. Receive an audio wand that tells a different piece of the story behind the massive recovery efforts at Ground Zero. View a 12-minute large-screen video before tuning into the audio headset for a self-guided tour. Additionally, benefit from an on-site guide who will be there to answer your questions.

NYC: Ground Zero Child-Friendly Tour with 9/11 Museum Ticket

4. NYC: Ground Zero Child-Friendly Tour with 9/11 Museum Ticket

With this private family tour you will have the opportunity to explore the site of Ground Zero. At the end of the tour your guide will give you your skip-the-line ticket to the 9/11 Memorial. The tour is for people of any age and provides an encounter with the history of the attacks of September 11, 2001, a tour known to illicit strong emotions. These emotions can intensify when both children and adults feel they do not have a complete understanding of what happened, making it more difficult to make sense of this history. Parents and children commonly have many questions about such a significant event, questions that encourage them to make observations. Your personal guide will be there and available to provide more information and try to answer these questions with basic facts and point you to reliable sources. During this tour your guide will offer children a safe space to share their memories, beliefs, and questions. Actively listen to their thoughts and encourage respectful conversation and debate.

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What people are saying about 9/11 Museum

Make sure to download the app before you arrive and bring earphones. It’s an emotional experience. An amazing tribute to all the first responders and all who lost their lives.

The 9/11 museum is great, but if you want to buy a ticket, buy it directly from the museum's website. GetYourGuide charges $4 more and doesn't offer as many entry times.

It was very informative and thought provoking, thinking about the terror all those people were going through. Definitely an emotional experience never to be forgotten.

Wonderful monument to a terrible occasion. Well worth the time. Very moving.

Muy buena aunque mucha gente a la ve y no se puede leer.