The Lens: Capturing Life and Events at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Visitors pass by the Survivors' Stairs as they enter the Museum.
9/11 Memorial Museum visitors pass the Survivor Stairs. Photo by Jin Lee.

The Lens: Capturing Life and Events at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a photography series devoted to documenting moments big and small that unfold at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

The View: Visitors to the 9/11 Memorial Museum pass the Survivors Stairs as they make their descent to bedrock. On the morning of Sept. 11, these stairs were used by hundreds of people from the World Trade Center complex as a vital route to safety. One of the museum’s largest artifacts, the Survivor Stairs symbolize not only the experiences of 9/11 survivors but also the first responders who aided in one of the most successful high-rise evacuations in American history.By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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