9/11 Memorial Museum Launches Community Evenings for Stakeholders

A group of young people wearing masks pose alongside an NYPD officer in front of the Ladder 3 firetruck in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Participants of the NYPD Explorers Program visited last month as part of the 9/11 Memorial Museum's Community Evenings. Photo courtesy of the NYPD.

As museums across New York City reopen with limited capacity, many New Yorkers have used this as a unique opportunity to safely visit some of their favorite cultural institutions or explore some new ones they have never visited.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum partners with organizations in the tri-state area to coordinate free museum visits on Mondays. Last month, the New York Police Department’s Law Enforcement Explorer program participated. This NYPD program provides young men and women from the city’s diverse communities with an introduction to a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.

The visit provided the Explorers a chance to learn of the department’s response on 9/11, including the ultimate sacrifice made by 23 NYPD officers, the nine-month rescue and recovery effort that hundreds from the department participated in, and the continuing health issues that they now face.

Other organizations have taken part in the program too, including the FDNY Foundation, Blue Star Families – New York Tri-State Chapter, and Tuesday’s Children.

We look forward to welcoming many members of the community in the new year.

By Lauren Daly, Senior Manager, Government & Community Affairs, 9/11 Memorial & Museum

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