Year in Review
Remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001.
Respect this place made sacred through tragic loss.
Recognize the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who supported us in our darkest hours.
May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.The Memorial Museum Mission
The National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center bears solemn witness to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The Museum honors the nearly 3,000 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others. It further recognizes the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath. Demonstrating the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and its impact on communities at the local, national, and international levels, the Museum attests to the triumph of human dignity over human depravity and affirms an unwavering commitment to the fundamental value of human life.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum welcomed some of the most influential political, military and cultural figures throughout the world in 2015.
By the Numbers
19 Public Programs
370 Classroom Workshops
8,000 students attended
1,400 Students Reached During Anniversary in the Schools
50+ classes visited by Museum staff
140+ Teachers Attended Professional Development Sessions
5 total sessions
10 Museum Ambassadors in 2015
22 total since program began in 2014
100 Active Docents
18,000+ total hours volunteered to date
6,400+ Museum Tours Given
1,100+ Memorial Tours Given
85 Youth and Family Programs
"Very tastefully done, and well laid out. This is obviously a special place and can be overwhelming to take it all in; a very personal experience..."
"This place is hard to visit without emotion. Very powerful place. Recommend to anyone..."
"The memorial is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives. The museum is a dignified way to tell a story of courage, fortitude and sadness, all combined..."
"A must see. It is a very, very special place indeed."
"Really beautiful representation of the Memorial site. It was a very heartbreaking and emotional experience..."
"Hands down one of the best museums I have ever seen. Every New Yorker and every American should go and check it out."
4 Out of 5 Stars
Rated "Best New App" in App Store
"This is a good app for remembering, remembering that terrible day that took place 14 years ago."
9/11 MUSEUM AUDIO GUIDE
4.2 Out of 5 Stars
"Must have tool. Very helpful for visiting the Museum."
"Excellent Museum and app."
Visitors are encouraged to record their 9/11 story, share a remembrance, or voice an opinion in the Museum's recording studio. Reflecting on 9/11 is an ongoing project designed to track personal reflections about the attacks and their continuing repercussions.
How has your life been affected by the events of 9/11?
How did 9/11 change your view of America?
What do you hope political leaders can learn from 9/11?
Visitors to the Museum are encouraged to leave a message near a piece of World Trade Center steel to be stored in a digital archive.
to the Collection
The Museum is actively acquiring materials for its collection. For more information, click here.
(Including StoryCorps interviews)
ORAL HISTORIES RECORDED
Connecting with the Community
Throughout 2015, the Memorial and Museum continued to strengthen our partnerships and build global connections.
Participants in the 3rd Annual 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Veterans who visited the Museum at no charge during Salute to Service
Volunteers to date since September 11, 2011
Volunteers in 2015
THE SURVIVOR TREE
Each year, seedlings from the Survivor Tree are given to three communities that have endured tragedy. This year, as a symbol of hope, Newtown, Conn., and Joplin, Mo., received seedlings. The Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C. also received a seedling in honor of Madrid, Spain. A total of nine cities have been selected as part of the Survivor Tree seedling program since its launch in September 2013.
FAR ROCKAWAYS, QUEENS
Was torn and battered in 2012 by Superstorm Sandy.
In honor of the 19 firefighting members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died on June 30, 2013. The fires in Arizona resulted in the highest number of American firefighters killed in a single incident since 9/11.
In honor of the three people killed in the bombing at its marathon on April 15, 2013.
In memory of the 43 people killed in the March 22, 2014 mudslide in the small town, and in recognition of their resiliency.
To remember those who died in the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
FORT HOOD IN KILLEEN, TEXAS
In honor of the 16 victims and survivors of the shootings on November 5, 2009, and April 2, 2014, and in acknowledgement of the continued sacrifice of the men and women who serve and their families.
In memory of the 20 school children and six adults who were killed on Dec. 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In memory of the more than 150 people killed and more than 1,000 injured by a tornado in Joplin on May 22, 2011. The seedling for Joplin will be planted at Mercy Hospital Joplin which was in the direct path of the tornado.
In memory of the 2004 coordinated terror bombings against the Cercanías commuter train system of Madrid that killed 190 people and wounded 1,800. The actual planting of the tree is expected to take place at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C. Madrid is the first international recipient in the program.
Scroll of Honor
The Scroll of Honor, which stands next to the Last Column in Foundation Hall, lists the names of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, living or deceased. The names on the digital scroll are provided by the 9/11 Memorial Rescue and Recovery Workers Registry, an online historical record from first-hand testimonials of the rescue, recovery, investigation, cleanup and relief efforts after 9/11 in New York City, Arlington, Va., and Somerset County, Pa.
1993 Bombing Anniversary
9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk
National 9/11 Flag Installed
Commemorating the Formal End of the Rescue and Recovery Period
Youngest 9/11 Victim’s Artifact Installation
NY Mets Pitchers Bobby Parnell and Noah Syndergaard Visit
Officer Randolph Holder’s Tribute