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"The design strives to make visible what is absent. The primary responsibility we have is to those we lost that day."
- Michael Arad, Reflecting Absence Architect

Memorial & Museum

Aerial Rendering of Memorial and Museum

Aerial Rendering of Memorial and Museum

THE MEMORIAL will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The Memorial will consist of two massive pools set within the footprints of the Twin Towers with the largest manmade waterfalls in the country cascading down their sides. They will be a powerful reminder of the Twin Towers and of the unprecedented loss of life from an attack on our soil.

The names of the nearly 3,000 individuals who were killed in the September 11 attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, and the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing will be inscribed around the edges of the Memorial pools.


Rendering by Squared Design Lab

VISITORS TO THE MEMORIAL MUSEUM will be presented with a sequence of experiences which allow for individual and personal encounters within an overall context of a historical narrative. The nature of the Museum is such that the shell of the space, comprising existing foundations, the slurry wall and other in-situ elements of the site is as much an artifact of 9/11 as the contents of the exhibitions.

Visitors to the Museum will enter through a Pavilion that will house an auditorium for public programming, a multi-purpose area for contemplation and refreshment and a private suite reserved for victims' family members. Two of the original steel tridents from the Twin Towers will be enclosed within the Pavilion's grand glass atrium, standing as references to the past, while signaling hope for the future.

Museum Pavilion
Rendering by Squared Design Lab 

Read Snøhetta's architectural design statement for the Pavilion.