A Look Back at 2015

Pope Francis views “Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning” by artist Spencer Finch. The pope is wearing a white outfit and cap as he looks at the dozens of blue tiles that make up the artwork.
Pope Francis views "Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning" by artist Spencer Finch. Photo by Jin Lee.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has had another remarkable year. Since its opening in 2011, the Memorial has welcomed more than 22 million visitors and in the Museum's first year in operation, it welcomed its four millionth visitor.

This year, our educational offerings grew to include a variety of public programs for Museum members and visitors, including talks that examine 9/11-related topics and featuring notable speakers such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Additionally, the Memorial and Museum was honored to have Pope Francis host a Multireligious Meeting for Peace with leaders from various religions in the Museum’s Foundation Hall, communicating a message which noted that "lives of our dear ones will not be lives which will one day be forgotten."

A look back at more 2015 moments

By 9/11 Memorial staff

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