Tuesday, August 18, 2009

9/11 Memorial Preview Site To Open Near Ground Zero

Rendering of 8 acre memorial when completed

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum today announced that a 9/11 Memorial preview site will open near the World Trade Center later this summer. The sire will provide the public the opportunity to learn about the Memorial and Museum, view the construction progress at the World Trade Center site and participate in the creation of the museum by sharing their 9/11 story. The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site will be located at 20 Vesey Street, near Church Street in lower Manhattan and will be open to the public seven days a week.

“Thousands of people visit the World Trade Center site each day seeking information on the events of 9/11 and the plans for the rebuilding,” National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said. “The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site will allow people to see the current construction and to explore the plans for the Memorial and Museum. Most importantly, it will provide the public with the opportunity to participate in building this institution by sharing their 9/11 story for the museum’s collection. These personal stories of people who experienced the events of 9/11 all over the country and the world will become a part of the museum and help make history.”

Included at the site will be models and renderings of the project illustrating what the World Trade Center site will look like when the rebuilding is complete along with selected artifacts from the museum’s collection and a historic 9/11 timeline. Live construction images of the World Trade Center site will also be displayed at the preview site, allowing visitors to view current construction and to print images or send them to friends.

An on-site recording booth will allow the public to contribute to the museum’s planned introductory exhibition that will include a sound scape of people remembering, in multiple languages, where they were on September 11, 2001 and how they learned of the attacks.

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