9/11 Museum to open in May

Photo courtesy of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Working on the 9/11 Museum.
Photo courtesy of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Working on the 9/11 Museum.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum officially opens May 21, but a week before that, there will be a special preview period allowing 9/11 family members, rescue and recovery workers, local residents and business owners (below Canal St.) and other stakeholders to get free access to tour the museum.

The special dedication period will take place from May 15 to May 20, and requires ticket reservations that can be secured by visiting 911memorial.org/dedication. During that time, the museum will be open 24 hours a day to those with reservations. The preview is also open to active-duty first responders whose agencies lost members in the 9/11 attacks, as well as rescue and recovery volunteers and survivors of the attacks.

Speaking at Community Board 1’s full board meeting on March 25, Museum President Joe Daniels said the preview to the community is “our tribute to the men and women who were involved in rescue and recovery efforts, as well as the Lower Manhattan businesses and residents who helped sustain those workers.”

Those who reserve tickets for that pre-opening dedication can also enter a lottery, through the same website, for the chance to attend a limited-access ceremony that will kick off the preview period on May 15.

The museum also announced on March 26 that media giant Conde Nast will sponsor free admission for all visitors on its official May 21 public opening. That sponsorship precedes the media company’s moving of its headquarters into One World Trade Center, where it will become the tower’s corporate anchor tenant.

After that initial day of free admission, tickets to the museum will cost $24, according to previous announcements. But there will also be a brief no-charge period each week, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.


—Sam Spokony