National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Sitting on the grounds of the former World Trade Center Towers, the 9/11 memorial is a vast park complex commemorating the victims of the attack. Two large recessed pools occupy the original World Trade Center foundations among an array of sweet gum and swamp white oaks. The Museum holds thousands of artifacts from the attack including wrecked vehicles, metal from all 7 World Trade Center buildings, recordings of survivors and first responders, and pictures of victims. The slurry wall that keeps the Hudson River out of the site is exposed, and the Survivors’ Staircase prominently recalls both the route to safety for many and the heroism of others.