National September 11 Memorial and Museum
About the memorialReflecting Absence, the design of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, was created by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker and selected from a design competition which included more than 5,200 entrants from 63 nations. The Memorial will consist of two massive pools set within the footprints of the Twin Towers - with the largest manmade waterfalls in the country cascading down their sides. They will be a powerful reminder of the Twin Towers and of the unprecedented loss of life from an attack on our soil.
The names of the 2,980 who were killed in the September 11 attacks in New York City, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing will be inscribed around the edge of the Memorial pools. Complementing the Memorial, a state of the art Memorial Museum will offer visitors an opportunity to deepen their experience at the site. The Museum will help facilitate an encounter with both the enormity of the loss and the triumph of the human spirit that are at the heart of 9/11.
Dynamic, interactive exhibitions including artifacts and personal effects; a resource center, contemplative areas, and innovative educational programming will convey stories of the victims and recount the experiences of survivors, responders, area residents, and witnesses. The remaining eight acres of the site will include the Freedom Tower, three other grand WTC Towers, retail development, the WTC Transportation Hub and a Performing Arts Center. The site also includes significant underground infrastructure, including PATH tracks, a chiller plant and other mechanical spaces.