911 Memorial and Museum Tour


Hi. I’m Katherine with Free Tours by Foot. I’m here to show you around the World Trade
Center and 9/11 Memorial. Many of you visiting New York have the World
Trade Center on your must see list. If you are visiting the area, a good place
to start is with the memorial reflecting pools. Each pool is nearly 1 acre in size and they
contain the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools stand in the foot prints of the
original north and south towers and they are ringed with the names of the nearly 3000 people
who lost their lives on September 11th and those killed during the 1993 World Trade Center
bombing. While you are in the area, you will see that
this is very much a work in progress with buildings 2 and 3 not yet completed. The current completed buildings are #4 World
Trade Center, #7 World Trade Center and #1 World Trade Center, now the tallest building
in the western hemisphere. It reaches 1776 feet tall, symbolizing the
year that the United States declared independence. The prism shaped building that you can see
contains the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Don’t be fooled by the size of the exterior,
the main exhibition space is actually several stories below ground. If you are looking to save money on your trip,
the museum is free on Tuesdays from 5 pm until closing. Tickets are handed out first-come, first-served
starting at 4pm. All visitors to the museum will enter where
you see here. While you are in the plaza, look for the Survivor
Tree. This pear tree was found in the rubble at
the World Trade Center and was carfully rehabilitated and returned here to the plaza in 2010. All the other trees that you see are carefully
selected Swamp White Oaks, chosen for their beauty and their durability. If you have any questions or trouble finding
anything while you are visiting, look for one of these information kiosks. If you would like to learn more, you could
check out our pay what you wish tour of Lower Manhattan or our night tours of the 9/11 Memorial
and the Brooklyn Bridge. See you soon!

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