National September 11 Memorial and Museum Announce Online Reservation System for Visitors

The National September 11 Memorial announced the launch of an online reservation system to help the public plan a visit to the Memorial. The 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in a ceremony for victims’ families. It will open to the public on September 12, 2011, and will welcome visitors who have reserved free advance passes, obtained online at

The timed reservation system will be used for 9/11 Memorial visitors while construction continues on other projects at the World Trade Center. During this interim period, construction surrounding the Memorial necessitates that the organization manage capacity, and visitors will access the Memorial via an entrance at the corner of Albany and Greenwich streets.

Museum Pavilion. Rendering by Squared Design Lab

When the 9/11 Memorial opens in September, we will welcome visitors from our city, this nation and all over the world,‛ said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who chairs the memorial. ‚Because of ongoing construction on surrounding World Trade Center projects, we’re encouraging people to plan their visits in advance by using the online reservations system, which will help ensure a safe and solemn experience for all.‛

The reservation system, used by other institutions with similar limited capacities such as the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument, will help reduce potential wait times and ensure as many people as possible are able to visit.

Visitors with passes reserved in advance will enter the Memorial at 1 Albany St. (at Albany and Greenwich streets). Visitors will proceed through the pathway to the Memorial, which will include screening in a new space within 90 West St. 90 West St. will also house a special family reception area for 9/11 victims’ family members.

When the Memorial opens in September, hundreds of oak trees will be planted, and waterfalls will flow down the sides of the two enormous reflecting pools, set where the Twin Towers once stood. Bronze parapets bearing the names of the 2,983 victims will line the edges of the pools. The exterior of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s pavilion will be completed and visitors will be able to see two iconic steel ‘trident’ remnants of the Twin Towers within its glass atrium. Due to the continuing construction of the World Trade Center transportation hub, which is adjacent to the Memorial, the northeast corner of the Memorial’s plaza will not be accessible.
A special system for 9/11 victims’ family members has been created to facilitate their access to the Memorial, with details available in the ‚For 9/11 Families‛ section at

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site. The Memorial and Museum will be located on eight of the 16 acres of the site. The Memorial will be dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and will open to the public the following day. The Museum will open in 2012.

When the Memorial opens, construction will continue on the other World Trade Center projects and free visitor passes will be temporarily required. To plan a visit to the Memorial or learn how to contribute, go to

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