Updated: Oct 17, 2019
September 11, 2001. A day that holds so much meaning just by mentioning it. Not only in New York, not only in America, but all over the world people mourned the day that two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one plane hit the Pentagon, and one crashed into a field, killing 2,996 people total.
The day seems like forever ago, but the 9/11 memorial and museum in New York City makes sure that it never gets lost in history. While visiting the world trade center museum, you will be overwhelmed with grief and the feeling of loss. The memorial stands in the location the Twin Towers once stood, and honors all those whose lives were lost in the attack. The memorial itself includes two waterfalls with names engraved alongside them to represent all of the victims who died.
If the memorial itself doesn't make you emotional, the museum will do the trick. Upon entering the museum, the city-wide demeanor suddenly changes. The loud Manhattan streets full of talking, cars, taxis, and noise ceases. The air in the room is so thick that it could be cut with a chainsaw. It's clear that everybody takes this moment seriously. The hurt is still alive.
Inside the museum, you will find pieces of the buildings, remains of firetrucks, and recordings of voicemails left from loved ones. One that I think about often was of a man who called his mom. He informed her not to worry, because the North Tower was hit, and he was in the South Tower. The call was made only minutes before United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. I had chills listening to it.
Throughout the museum, TVs display news clips from the day the towers were hit. The New York channels were especially eerie, as you can see the shock on their face when they hear what happens. The shock deepens when the second tower was hit, because it was then evident that the events were not accidental. There are also TVs displaying the fateful time when George Bush was told of the incident.
With this being said, the museum isn't for the faint of heart, but it is worth it. It's a place that everybody should visit at least once to gain a better understanding of what this day meant. For some, memories will flood back. For others, the reality of the attacks will set in for the first time. For me, I was only six when the attacks happened. I understood how important it was before, but I became more affected by it after I visited the museum.
It changed my life.
Where should I stay?
If you're visiting New York for the sole purpose of visiting the World Trade Museum, I suggest staying at one of these hotels.
Economy: New World Hotel.
Alright, so this hotel is quite a walk from the 9/11 Museum, but it is way cheaper than any of the others nearby. You'll be walking about 20 minutes to visit the museum, but I can promise that the walk will be enjoyable as there are many sights to see on the way.
This hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the National September 11 Memorial and an 11 minute walk from Battery Park. It is more expensive than the previous option but it is also a lot closer to the main attraction that you wish to see,
Luxury: W New York.
This hotel is located in the financial district and is 6 minutes from the memorial. It is very high class and close to all the major attractions.
If you're going to visit New York, it is important to visit the world trade center museum to get a true grip of history and the importance of that fateful day. Many of us may have lived through the attacks, but experiencing it is on a whole new level.
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