Student and Family Museum Tours Give Young People an Engaging Introduction to 9/11

Student and Family Museum Tours Give Young People an Engaging Introduction to 9/11

A tribute left on the 9/11 Memorial plaza. Photo by Amy Dreher.

Last year, more than 36,000 students from around the world participated in the educational programs offered at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in 2016. These programs are often students’ first introduction to the attacks and challenge them to think critically about topics related to 9/11.

Students find the workshops “very engaging,” said Jennifer Leonard, a teacher from Rensselaer Junior Senior High School after a recent class visit. “It made an event that happened before our students’ births come alive, which is so important considering the magnitude of 9/11 in our history.”

There are three main programs for young people at the 9/11 Memorial Museum: Student Workshops, Student Tours and Youth and Family Tours.

Student Workshops are an effective entry point for young people encountering the Museum for the first time. These two-hour workshops begin in the Museum’s Education Center where an educator introduces the events of 9/11 to students with an activity before taking them on a tour of the Museum itself. There are a variety of workshops available to teachers and students alike that are differentiated by grade-level and theme. For more information on Student Workshops, visit here.

Museum educator with High School students. Photo by Jin Lee.Student Tours are 90-minute, inquiry-based tours are led by an educator who helps students, from grades 6 to 12, reveal the stories behind the artifacts in the Museum. Students and teachers can participate in both tours and workshops on weekdays during the school year through June 9 and are available for booking here.

For visitors with children, the Museum offers Youth and Family Tours. The tour is designed for families with young children who want an age-appropriate guided experience of the Memorial and Museum. The first half of this 60-minute tour explores the design of the Memorial and includes an interactive activity while the second half focuses on the events of 9/11 while exploring the Museum. To book a Youth and Family Tour, visit here.

Tour dates and times throughout 2017:

March 20 – 24, 2017 2:30 p.m.
April 10 – 14, 2017, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
June 19 – August 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. 

By Eduardo Quezada, 9/11 Memorial Education Specialist