News 9/11 Memorial Museum to open in May Recovered from the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11attacks, these structural steel "tridents" rose from the base of 1 World Trade Center. They are now at the entry of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum's pavilion. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 March 24, 2014 11:15 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email After years of planning, construction and waiting, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is officially ready to make its debut. The museum’s board announced Monday that it will open on May 21, after a week long preview that’s exclusive to first responders and others who were affected by the terrorist attacks. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is the chair of the 9/11 Memorial, said the museum’s opening is not only an important milestone in downtown’s rebuilding but also the introduction of a major teaching tool. “Through its long commitment to educate future generations and to safeguard an important American history, building the museum is in large part the answer to the violence of the 9/11 attacks,” he said in a statement. From May 15 to May 20, the museum, which is located in the foundation of the old Twin Towers, will remain open for 24 hours and be free to first responders, victims’ families, survivors and lower Manhattan residents during the dedication period. “It will be a tremendous privilege to walk the completed 9/11 Memorial Museum for the first time with those who are a part of this defining period of our nation’s history,” 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said in a statement. Tickets will go on sale at 911memorial.org starting Wednesday. There will be a $24 ticket fee to cover the museum’s annual $63 million operating budget.Victims’ families will not be charged. The museum will feature first-person testimonials of the 1993 and 2001 attacks, artifacts from the wreckage and other materials that are related to the events of September 11th and its aftermath. By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.