Exhibitions

The Museum tells the story of 9/11 through artifacts, imagery, personal stories, and interactive technology. Learn about the core exhibitions, special exhibitions, and rotating galleries in the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of space.

Visitors walk down a dimly lit hall. Beside them is a large map of the Eastern United States that shows the routes the hijacked planes took on 9/11.
Photo by Thinc Design

The 9/11 Memorial Museum reopened as a one-way visitor experience on September 12, which provides Museum staff the opportunity to monitor and control crowd density, ensure visitors are wearing masks/face coverings, and direct visitors where necessary. Social distancing markers will help people navigate the exhibitions safely.

All visitors are able to experience the introductory exhibits on the ramp, the Survivors Stairs and Memorial Hall, Tribute Walk, the South Tower Excavation, the North Tower Excavation, the temporary exhibition K-9 CourageIn Memoriam, the historical exhibition, Center Passage, and Foundation Hall. The Atrium, the Auditorium, Reflecting on 9/11Rebirth at Ground ZeroRevealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden, the Education Center, and certain alcoves within the historical exhibition are closed due to space limitations.

Audio guide rentals and interactives (e.g., touchscreens and audio wands) will not be available during the initial reopening period.

Visitors look at artifacts in the Museum's Historical Exhibition, including a large steel trident from a facade of the Twin Towers.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Historical Exhibition: September 11, 2001

This historical exhibition presents the story of 9/11 using artifacts, images, first-person testimony, and archival audio and video recordings. The exhibition is made up of three parts: the Events of the Day, as they unfolded; Before 9/11, which provides the historical context leading up to the attacks; and After 9/11, which addresses the immediate aftermath and ongoing repercussions of the terrorist attacks.

Core exhibition

A woman visits the In Memoriam exhibition. On the wall in front of her and to her right are 2,983 portrait photographs of the victims.
Photo by Dan Winters

Memorial Exhibition: In Memoriam

The memorial exhibition honors the 2,977 individuals killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, at this site as well as at the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It also honors the six individuals killed in the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993.

Core exhibition

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Photo by C&G Partners

Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden

Based on unprecedented access to the agencies and people who conducted the hunt, Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden examines the intelligence and military activities that led to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was killed nearly 10 years after 9/11.  

Due to space limitations, this exhibition gallery is temporarily closed, but visitors can still explore this exhibition online

A hallway with framed photographs of rescue dogs stretches through the frame. "K-9 Courage," the title of the exhibition, appears above the wall of photographs.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

K-9 Courage

The newest special exhibition at the 9/11 Memorial Museum honors the hundreds of dogs that participated in the response to the 9/11 attacks.

On view until winter 2022