During my visit to New York, I was not able to do a lot of things that I would love to do but visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum is something that I cannot afford to miss. So our group of 6 were divided into two, the husband and I including the sister-in-law went on our way to the museum while the rest of the group stayed behind and explored the city further.
September 11, 2001 – a tragic day not only for New Yorkers but for the people around the world including myself. I watched the news religiously during that time and I could not help but weep for the lives that was lost out of a senseless and selfish act. It only takes humanity inside of you to feel that you are a part of this tragic history which is why when I went to New York, that was one of the places that I’d really like to see.
Where the Twin Towers once stood, is now a pool with a square hole in the middle which looks like an endless abyss with water flowing thru it. That alone already gave me goose bumps, it’s quite hard to imagine the towers which used to stand on top of those pools are now gone. Etched at the perimeter of the pools are the names of the people who died during that unfortunate day. Some names have flowers beside it which I later found out that it was put there by family members to celebrate the deceased birthdays or just to let them know that they were remembered.
The ticket to access the 9/11 Memorial Museum is priced at USD24 per person, we bought the tickets on the day that we planned to go. We were lucky that it wasn’t crowded when we arrived so we were able to go in immediately. Inside the museum, people were reflective and respectful. One can’t help but to be affected by all the installations, exhibits and memorabilia inside it.
There were some other exhibits inside the museum which unfortunately, photography is not permitted. I was extremely moved when I got to that part where they featured the phone calls of the people from the tower and the passengers on UA93 flight calling their loved ones, telling them that they’re alright but at the end of each call – they will break down and tell them how much they love them. That was a tough thing to hear. I had tears in my eyes when I left that part of the museum and believe it or not, there was a huge box of tissue just as you pass thru that exhibit. I guess it’s notoriously known to make people weep.
We spent about 3 hours in the museum and we were not even able to go thru everything. Some parts of it are too emotional for me which I can’t bear to look at, but the main reason for me not being able to see the whole thing was because of the temperature inside the museum. It was just too cold inside that the husband had to rush out and wait for us outside. After the visit, the raw emotion that I felt inside lingered on until we went out for dinner. It’s that powerful.
I do recommend a visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum not only to commemorate the lives of the people who died during that event but also to show your respect to the resilience and unity of the New Yorkers during that day and the days after.