A teenage girl and a woman create a name impression at the Memorial by rubbing charcoal over a sheet of paper placed on an inscription. Other families beside them do the same along a bronze parapet inscribed with victims’ names.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Youth and Families

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum typically offers a variety of programs for visitors with children. All activities use age-appropriate language to help children learn more about 9/11 and how people responded to the attacks. Visit the events calendar for up-to-date program offerings.

Youth & Family Tour

Students engaged in a Museum tour

Join an educator on a 45-minute age-appropriate guided tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The program explores what happened on 9/11, how people responded in the aftermath of the attacks, and includes an art activity honoring the lives of the victims. All programs are in English and led by our education staff.  

9/11 Memorial Art Cart

A man, woman, boy, and girl watch as two Museum employees display artwork at the Art Cart on the Memorial. It’s a warm day and sunshine falls on the trees and buildings in the background.
Photo by Jin. S. Lee

June 26-August 16
Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on the plaza

August 6-16
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on the plaza

The 9/11 Memorial Art Cart offers free, self-guided activities on the Memorial to help children discover the stories and symbolism behind the 9/11 Memorial and the rebuilt World Trade Center site. Activities have been updated to be contactless and comply with enhanced health and safety protocols. 

The 9/11 Memorial Art Cart is made possible in partnership with the New York Life Foundation.

Activity Stations

Two small girls, seated, paint a mural on a wall

June 25-August 2
Tuesday-Thursday, 2-4 p.m. in the Museum

August 7-16
Wednesday-Thursday, 2-4 p.m. in the Museum

Visiting the Museum with kids? Join us for drop-in activity stations tied to specific artifacts and themes in the Museum. Meant to spark conversations between children and their guardians, our current activities offer age-appropriate entry-points into the history of the World Trade Center, 9/11, and its aftermath. 

Activities at Home

Two girls are engaged in an art activity in a classroom setting while a woman sharing their table looks on attentively.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers several activities that can teach your children about courage, compassion, resilience, and hope from home. 


Talking to Children about 9/11

A woman with a backpack holds a young girl with a ponytail as they both look at one of the Memorial’s reflecting pools on a sunny day. Green oak trees and buildings are seen farther afield.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Terrorist attacks and acts of violence in the United States and around the world evoke strong emotions and prompt understandable questions. Children might be feeling these emotions and considering these questions for the first time. The following tips have been prepared as broad guidelines to help parents and adult caregivers navigate these difficult conversations.

Teen Ambassador Program

A young woman holds a gold-colored squeegee as she speaks to several women at the Museum. She stands beside a destroyed elevator motor from the Twin Towers.

A unique, yearlong learning opportunity that builds leadership skills and offers a behind-the-scenes look into the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

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Virtual Field Trips

A woman wearing a face mask stands in front of the Ladder 3 firetruck in the Memorial Museum. Another woman films the scene with her smartphone.

Take your class on live, interactive tours of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum led by Education staff via Zoom with time for questions throughout.

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