Construction has been completed on The National September 11 Memorial Museum, and photographs of the interior were released today in advance of its dedication and opening. President Obama will attend the dedication ceremony on Thursday, May 15, and the museum will open to the public on Wednesday, May 21.
From May 15 to May 20, the museum will have a Dedication Period in which it will be open 24 hours, around the clock, only for “9/11 families, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders, 9/11 survivors, lower Manhattan residents and business owners and World Trade Center rebuilding partners,” according to the museum.
Designed by Davis Brody Bond, the 9/11 Museum honors the victims and preserves the history of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Located underground beneath the Memorial Plaza, the 121,000-square-foot museum descends nearly 70 feet from ground level. The architecture intends to provide a sensitive and respectful experience for visitors.
The museum's exhibition space features artifacts excavated from Ground Zero, multimedia, and personal narratives. The exhibitions were designed by Thinc, Local Projects, and Layman Design.
The museum's entry pavilion, designed by Snøhetta, is located between the north and south pools in the Memorial Plaza. The glass-and-steel structure reflects its surroundings, while allowing visitors to peer down into the museum below.
Click the photo gallery to view more photos of the 9/11 Museum.