Remains Repository at the World Trade Center Site
In a space between the two Twin Tower footprints at bedrock, visitors see a wall behind which the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York operates and maintains a repository for the unidentified remains and a small work space.
A repository for the remains of 9/11 victims under the jurisdiction of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York (OCME) is located at bedrock at the World Trade Center site. The repository is an official New York City facility operated by the OCME, and is designed to meet the OCME’s professional specifications for access, security and environmental controls. The repository provides a dignified and reverential setting for the remains to repose – temporarily or in perpetuity – as identifications continue to be made. The OCME is committed to the ongoing work to identify the remains of 9/11 victims, but no DNA testing will be performed on site at the repository.
The repository is separate from the public space of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and is only accessible by OCME staff. A private space exclusively for 9/11 family members, known as the Reflection Room, is located next to the repository. No portion of these spaces is accessible to the general public. There is no cost for 9/11 family members to visit the repository or the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Additional information about the repository from the OCME can be found here.
For 9/11 Family Members wishing to visit the Reflection Room: A Message from the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner
In order to ensure that you will have adequate private time in the Reflection Room at the repository, we urge you to schedule in advance by calling the Office of Chief Medical Examiner's WTC Hot Line number 212-447-7884. If you have any questions for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner WTC Team, please call the hot line or visit online at nyc.gov/ocme.