In the aftermath of the tragedy of September 11th 2001, New York City has created a museum experience to help educate the general public and visitors of New York about the actual events which took place that day, and the subsequent “recovery” process. Most visitors to the Ground Zero Museum Workshop later take the information and answers they receive in the Museum Workshop with them as they head over to the Ground Zero site (about an 8 minute trip by cab or Subway). All museum images were taken by Gary Marlon Suson, the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, of whom the idea for the museum came from after he visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Unique museum features include “3-D Installations,” and artifacts/items which guests may touch and pick-up. Visitors should leave about 2 hours for a complete tour, lead by guides and firefighters. Only 24 guests may go on a tour at one time. For this reason, advanced ticket purchase is required, with admissions at $25 per adult, and $19 for seniors and children under 12. There is a 15 minute question and answer period at the end of each tour where guests also have the chance to purchase posters and informative books. While no graphic images are shown tour operators advise visitors to be aware that visiting the museum will be a highly emotional experience for many guests.
Tours are given on Sundays and Mondays at 12 noon and 2pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11am and 1pm, and Saturdays at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. The Ground Zero Workshop Museum is located on West 14th Street in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, and can be reached by Subway on the A, C, E, and L trains and the 14th Street cross-town bus.
Nearby accommodations include the 632 on Hudson, the Hotel Gansevoort, the Maritime Hotel, Rooms to Let, the Soho House, and the Standard Hotel. While in the Meatpacking District visit the many bars and restaurants like the famous Morimoto, Del Posto, and Spice Market, or visit area attractions like Chelsea Market, and the Chelsea Piers sports complex. Other Manhattan attractions include Times Square and the many Broadway theaters, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History.