Historical Exhibition

Historical Exhibition

Located within the original footprint of the North Tower, the historical exhibition tells the story of 9/11 using artifacts, images, first-person testimony and archival audio and video recordings. 

The exhibition is made up of three sequential parts: the Events of the Day, Before 9/11, and After 9/11.

Events of the day presents the day of September 11, 2001 as it unfolded. It provides insight into what was happening on the hijacked airplanes, at the Twin Towers, and at the Pentagon, as well as the courageous actions of first responders and civilians assisting one another, and the experiences of people near and far from the attack sites.


Before 9/11 steps back in time, providing the historical context leading up to 9/11. It examines the World Trade Center as a symbol and a target and addresses the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the evolution of the terrorist network al-Qaeda and the development of the 9/11 plot.


After 9/11 addresses the world after 9/11, presenting a collection of grief and global response. It explores the recovery efforts and rebuilding at the three attack sites through acts of compassion, volunteerism, and public service. It also looks at the questions arising out of 9/11 and the ongoing ramifications, including 9/11-related illnesses and the evolution of national security.