Visitors walk down a dimly lit hall. Beside them is a large map of the Eastern United States that shows the routes the hijacked planes took on 9/11.
Photo by Thinc Design


The Museum tells the story of 9/11 through artifacts, imagery, personal stories, and interactive technology. Learn about the core exhibitions, special exhibitions, and rotating galleries in the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of space.

Historical Exhibition: September 11, 2001

Visitors look at artifacts in the Museum's Historical Exhibition, including a large steel trident from a facade of the Twin Towers.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

This historical exhibition presents the story of 9/11 using artifacts, images, first-person testimony, and archival audio and video recordings. The exhibition is made up of three parts: the Events of the Day, as they unfolded; Before 9/11, which provides the historical context leading up to the attacks; and After 9/11, which addresses the immediate aftermath and ongoing repercussions of the terrorist attacks.

Core exhibition

Memorial Exhibition: In Memoriam

A woman visits the In Memoriam exhibition. On the wall in front of her and to her right are 2,983 portrait photographs of the victims.
Photo by Dan Winters

The memorial exhibition honors the 2,977 individuals killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, at this site as well as at the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It also honors the six individuals killed in the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993.

Core exhibition

Towers Rising

Beginning of exhibition along wall in the South Tower Gallery, showing the new One World Trade Center and rows of additional artwork
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Opened on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the original World Trade Center, the newest special exhibition at the 9/11 Memorial Museum features artwork from the permanent collection. The works chronicle the ways artists envisioned the most iconic towers of lower Manhattan before and after 9/11.

On view through October 2024