With Your Support the 9/11 Memorial Will Reopen on Independence Day

American flags are placed in the names of the 9/11 Memorial parapets. The center of the Memorial pool is visible behind them.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is launching a major fundraising campaign to reopen the Memorial to 9/11 family members, the extended 9/11 community, and workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, July 4, and to the general public on Sunday, July 5.

“As we recognize our independence and honor our freedoms, and those who protect them, the opening of the 9/11 Memorial symbolizes how we as a country can endure, persevere, come together, and rebuild even after living through dark and uncertain times,” 9/11 Memorial & Museum Board Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg said. “The 9/11 Memorial is a beacon of hope as this city recovers from a health crisis, and it will provide inspiration to many around the world.”

This sacred site of remembrance and reflection is made possible through the generous support of visitors and donors, who fully fund its operation. The Memorial and the Museum both have been closed since March 13 as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the tri-state area and the nation. Museum admissions provide the main source of revenue to cover operational costs and provide free access to the Memorial and the financial fallout has been significant.

As a national heritage site, the Memorial is a physical testimony to the possibility of recovery and renewal in New York City and the United States. It also symbolizes the spirit of healing and unity.

Planning continues for the reopening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum and more information will be made available in the coming weeks.     

Following its reopening to the general public, the Memorial will be open with adjusted hours—from 1 to 8 p.m., seven days a week—and new operational safeguards, including regular deep cleanings.

All visitors to the Memorial will be required to wear masks. Social distancing will be enforced. These measures were developed with guidance from public health experts and exist to ensure the health and safety of all visitors and staff.

A powerful symbol of our country’s resilience, your generosity now makes our mission possible, as we work to reopen our doors with a renewed sense of purpose.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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