Visiting the National 9/11 Memorial

National 9/11 MemorialSeptember 11 may not be the best day to visit the National 9/11 Memorial. But don’t let tourist crowds discourage you from seeing this important and dramatic tribute to victims of terrorism. Even on New York City’s busiest days, the dark voids and cascading waterfalls create a sense of deep reverence.

The 9/11 Memorial is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.The fences have been removed, no reservation is required, and admission is free.

Architect Michael Arad and his team faced many challenges during the design and construction of the memorial. To learn how the vision became a reality, see: Reflecting Absence: Designing the National 9/11 Memorial

[Photo above: National 9/11 Memorial in September 2013. Copyright Jackie Craven]

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Chateau de Versailles - Galerie des Glaces
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Photo: La Grande Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors), Chateau de Versailles. Image by Myrabella (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons