National 9/11 museum to open in May

The National September 11 Memorial Museum will open at the World Trade Center site in May.

Story highlights

  • The National 9/11 Museum will open to the public on May 21
  • A dedication period for families and community members will precede opening
  • Remains of unidentified victims will be moved to a new resting place within the museum
  • They will be kept behind a wall in an area off-limits to the public, officials tell CNN
Nearly 13 years after terrorists hijacked four airliners, crashed them and killed almost 3,000 people, a museum dedicated to the day that changed America will open in New York.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum will open to the general public on May 21, the museum and memorial group announced Monday.
The museum, located at the site of the original World Trade Center, will feature a core memorial exhibition that pays tribute to the 2,983 people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks and in the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. A second historical exhibition, told through personal artifacts, photographs, audio and video footage and first-person testimonials, will explore what led up to the terror strikes, examine the aftermath and illustrate how 9/11 continues to shape our world, according to a statement from the museum.
"When the museum opens to the public on May 21, millions will come to further understand the experiences, courageous actions, and terrible losses that we saw on 9/11 and in the aftermath. The museum will forever remind us of the capacity we have to come together when the times require," 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said.
The official opening will be preceded by a five day, 24-hour dedication period during which members of the 9/11 community will have exclusive access to the museum and memorial. During that time, family members of those lost on 9/11, rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders from agencies that lost members in the attacks and survivors of the attacks -- as well as lower Manhattan residents and business owners -- will be able to visit the memorial and museum when it is best for them, the release said.