If I’m not falling in love with a natural landscape, then you’ll find me falling in love with a man made one. And, this special place is without a doubt one of the most simultaneously stunning and moving architectural gems I’ve ever experienced. In the city just for a layover, we did not have enough time to visit the rest of the memorial complex. But, even in our short time here, it was a beautiful reminder of the day that “our nation became a neighborhood. And, all Americans became New Yorkers.”If you are visiting New York City, I highly recommend this experience. Here is everything you need to know to visit this moving place:
Today, at the World Trade Center site you'll not only find the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, but also the Oculus building which is both a train station and shopping mall designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. At the site of the World Trade Center, you will find both the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the Oculus building. The Oculus is a train station and shopping mall designed by world renown architect Santiago Calatrava. The bright, epic architecture here is beyond breathtaking. With endless architectural lines, shapes, and light, the Oculus stands as a contrast to what once happened on these now hollowed grounds.
Across from the Oculus is what is now known as Freedom Tower, the tallest building not only in NYC, but the Western Hemisphere. It is comprised of 104 floors with floors 100,101, and 102 allowing visitors access to the Observatory. Admission is $36 per adult and the 360° views of New York City will leave you breathless.
Due to time restraints, we weren’t able to visit the museum, but everything I have read highlights how moving the experience is so I highly recommend it. “The Museum is an educational and historical institution honoring the victims and examining 9/11 and its continued global significance through artifacts and records.” ~ 911Memorial.org
The Museum covers approximately 110,000 square feet with the majority of exhibits housed in vast underground vaults. Inside the large space, you will find various artifacts on display from large pieces of the planes that struck the towers to small pieces of damaged firemen helmets. The entire experience is inspirational, moving, and emotional as it provides a reminder to a day we all will never forget.
Located where the Twin Towers once stood, is now a memorial to the victims of the attack. The two large dark voids in the ground are truly moving as you watch the water cascade down into what feels like infinity. Etched into brass rims is every single name of those that lost their lives both in the first attack on February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. “Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.” ~ 911Memorial.org
ESSENTIAL INFO 9/11 MEMORIAL:
9/11 Memorial – Open 7:30 am-9 pm; entry is free
9/11 Museum – General admission is $24, and is open from 9 a.m. to either 8 or 9 p.m., depending on the day of the week. If you have a New York City Pass, you can save on museum entry. Or you can purchase a ticket here.
One World Observatory – The observation deck atop the “Freedom Tower” is $36 per adult. Go up just before sunset for some amazing views.