We took some time off last week for a family trip to NYC. One of the top things on our collective list was a trip to the new 9-11 museum. We were all very impressed with the exhibits and the impact they still convey. The two fountains now mark where the old foundations for the north and south towers once stood. The museum blends in very well with the architecture.
In the summer of 2001 our graphic artist/admin assistant had moved with her son back to Long Island. She had just started her new job in Manhattan in the South Tower in Sept 2011. We got a postcard from her a few days later with her new office circled high up on the 88th floor. Michelle Lanza’s name is now inscribed one of the panels lining the memorial fountains.
Engraved around each fountain are the names of all the people who worked in the buildings, the first responders, the passengers on the planes as well as the names from the Pentagon and from Pennsylvania. Inside the museum is a room where all of their photos line the walls and an interactive electronic display.
Lining the lobby and throughout the building are twisted columns of two inch steel.
Looking back up as you move down the escalator you can see the almost completed World Trade Center building.
. As you head down the ramp into the main part of the museum the side wall is the original slurry wall built as part of the original foundations for the towers. It helps keep the Hudson out and was the backdrop for most of the excavations on site.
The two story tall steel beam in the center of the room was the last piece removed during recovery.
Each of the crews working signed it and left some memories behind.
The stories of the first responders still are inspiring. Looking at the wreckage of the trucks and ambulances destroyed in the collapse helps drive home how powerful it was.
They have on display a two foot tall section where 5 floors have been compacted into layers. They don't photograph well. In the timeline section of the museum, no photographs are allowed. Lots of personal stories and items are shown there. We planned to spend a couple of hours but stayed about four. Tickets are a must before you go and I can say that everyone should make the trip. The rest of our trip was much less somber and we had great weather. It made for some good pictures which I will save for next week and beyond.