9/11 Memorial Museum
The National 9/11 Memorial Museum is located in lower Manhattan on the site of the World Trade Center. Except for the handsome entry pavilion designed by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta, the greater part of the vast 10,000 square feet of exhibition space is 70 feet below ground level, at the foundations of the original twin towers. Visitors are drawn into the chasm through a series of ramps, escalators, and viewing platforms that lead to the Manhattan core, its bedrock, where the museum—the thoughtful design the work of Davis Brody Bond, a New York City firm—divides into two, large square aluminum structures that display photographs, biographical sketches, and recorded remembrances of the nearly 3,000 individuals that perished, as well as an extensive exhibition of the events of that fateful September Tuesday and its aftermath. Next to the museum the 9/11 Memorial, comprised of a pair of enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, around which are etched in parapets the names of those killed in the attacks.