One of the most important places to visit in New York City is the 9/11 Museum & Memorial, located at what was once known as Ground Zero. Thousands of people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 2001, and this is the place to remember them all, as well as learn a bit about the rescue missions that took place.
In the depths of where the foundations of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood, there is now pools of water with waterfalls cascading down the sides. The area is well-lit and especially at night and in twilight, it really makes for a peaceful ambience.
On the side of the waterfalls there are the names of all those who perished in the attacks, and it is a stark and sombre reminder of just how many people died on that fateful day over 14 years ago. Relatives of the dead still come here to grieve every now and then, so tourism – while encouraged – needs to be in moderation, as the memorial here is certainly not a place to take selfies or anything.
The Museum at Ground Zero is very touching, if a little small. The admission fee of $20 per person is also rather questionable when you consider its purpose. Early in the morning is the best time to come and pay your respects at both the museum underground and the memorial outdoors, especially if you want to be able to look at the sombre exhibits without swathes of tourists spoiling your views.
From that fateful day on September 11, 2001, you can see many exhibits and remnants, such as battered fire engines, and electrical equipment that was partially burned or melted in the inferno. Much of what had been salvaged from the wreckages is on display here (apart from the things the FBI still have, I suppose…) and if you have an interest in learning about the event and the heroic actions of rescuers, such as the fire service, that prevailed after the event, then you may spend a long time in the museum just pondering life, as I did.