The 9/11 Memorial Museum will house numerous artifacts ranging in scale from a 58-ton column of World Trade Center steel to a flight attendant’s service wings pin, to an answering machine message left for a loved one. No matter the object’s size, every item is steeped in history and rich with humanity.
The museum is indebted to the generosity of those most directly affected by the events of 9/11 including victims’ family members, first responders, survivors, recovery workers, lower Manhattan residents, public officials and others who entrusted the institution with such extraordinarily meaningful objects. These individuals have helped the museum fulfill its mission to commemorate and educate by donating objects, stories, photographs and other materials to the museum’s collection.
We invite you to learn more about the museum’s artifacts by hearing directly from people connected to those objects. In the new “The Stories They Tell” video series, family members, survivors, first responders and recovery workers discuss the 9/11 history they are helping to preserve through the material they have shared with the museum.
Additional artifacts will be featured in a new book to be published in September, also entitled “The Stories They Tell: Artifacts from the National September 11 Memorial Museum.” These objects will be the centerpieces of the museum’s exhibits. They speak to the history of the World Trade Center, the 9/11 attacks and the hijackers’ plot, the worldwide response in the aftermath, and the continued implications of 9/11.
By Lynn Rasic, EVP of External Affairs for the 9/11 Memorial