Grond Zero Memorial

The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing of 1993. Located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, the groundzero memorial occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site.

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The memorial features two large reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towersNames of the 2983 victims of the 9/11 and 1993 attacks are inscribed on bronze panels lining the pools, and waterfalls cascade down all four sides of each pool.  Kiosks on site provide information about the location of names (as well as a little biographical information and printed maps).

The surrounding plaza is filled with oak trees and a callery pear known as the Survivor Tree, having survived the attacks.  The large pavilion with a glass atrium will be the entrance to the 9/11 Memorial Museum (under construction, completion date TBA). The museum houses two enormous tridents from the steel façade of the original 1 WTC (aka the North Tower), which are visible inside the atrium.

The ground zero memorial is surrounded on three sides by construction of new concourses, a WTC Transportation hub, and four new towers (including the new 1 WTC, which at 1,776 ft., will be the city’s tallest building). Reconstruction will near completion around 2014

Ground Zero Memorial

Visitor information, tickets and how to get there.

9/11 Memorial map Visitors must reserve passes in advance. Online reservations are encouraged, but you can also call (212) 266-5211, or email: [email protected] Passes are FREE OF CHARGE. NOTE: Reservation availability varies greatly, depending on demand. In late 2011, the wait was up to 6 weeks.

Memorial hours vary, but they are basically 10am – 6pm (last entry 1 hour prior to closing)

Enter at 1 Albany St. (at the intersection of Greenwich Street). Numerous subway and bus lines converge in lower Manhattan.  For detailed transit information, click here.

  • Visitor passes are required and will be checked upon entry to the ground zero memorial.  Visitors may be asked to show valid photo ID matching the name on the pass.
  • All visitors and baggage must pass through airport-style security screening.
  • Limit the items that you bring with you. No baggage larger than 8”x17”x19” will be permitted, and bag storage is not available.  Prohibited items include alcohol, animals (except service animals), glass bottles, and, of course, weapons or any kind.
  • Public restrooms are not available on site.
  • You will only be admitted at the time indicated on your visitor pass. Do not arrive more than 30 minutes before or after your reservation.
  • Do not throw or place anything in the Memorial pools.
9:11 memorial museum

Museum & tridents Photo: Author

As you exit the site, you’ll pass the Memorial Visitor Center, which allows visitors an opportunity to share their own 9/11 memories and learn about the Memorial and Museum through genuine artifacts and rotating exhibits.  The Center’s address is 90 West St. (Corner of Albany Street) and admission is free.



A few blocks north is the Memorial Preview Site, which exhibits pieces from the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s permanent collection.  Visitors can contribute to the collection by sharing their 9/11 stories in an on-site recording room. There is a kiosk where passes to the Memorial can be reserved (with limited availability). The Preview Site is at 20 Vesey St (across from St. Paul’s Chapel). Click here for more information about the Preview Site.

The Memorial’s website offers lots of great information, including the memorial’s design, the arrangement of names at the reflecting pools, a webcam, virtual tours, the upcoming museum, a Commemorative Guide, and free memorial mobile app.

9/11 memorial

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  • Wow, I really need to get here. I’ve been meaning to do it but was thinking it might be too crowded right now…thoughts?

    • I tried to go in early November to take evening photos, and the next available ticket was 5 weeks out. In January, I was able to get tickets right away and it wasn’t crowded at all (they time entries to control numbers). Just checked, and tickets are available immediately. It’s definitely worth a visit. Let me know what you think after to go.

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