Exhibitions

The Museum tells the story of 9/11 through artifacts, imagery, personal stories, and interactive technology. Learn about the core exhibitions, special exhibitions, and rotating galleries in the Museum’s 110,000 square feet of space.

Visitors walk down a dimly lit hall. Beside them is a large map of the Eastern United States that shows the routes the hijacked planes took on 9/11.
Photo by Thinc Design
Visitors look at artifacts in the Museum's Historical Exhibition, including a large steel trident from a facade of the Twin Towers.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Historical Exhibition: September 11, 2001

This historical exhibition presents the story of 9/11 using artifacts, images, first-person testimony, and archival audio and video recordings. The exhibition is made up of three parts: the Events of the Day, as they unfolded; Before 9/11, which provides the historical context leading up to the attacks; and After 9/11, which addresses the immediate aftermath and ongoing repercussions of the terrorist attacks.

Core exhibition

A woman visits the In Memoriam exhibition. On the wall in front of her and to her right are 2,983 portrait photographs of the victims.
Photo by Dan Winters

Memorial Exhibition: In Memoriam

The memorial exhibition honors the 2,977 individuals killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, at this site as well as at the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It also honors the six individuals killed in the terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993.

Core exhibition

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Photo by C&G Partners

Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden

Based on unprecedented access to the agencies and people who conducted the hunt, Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden examines the intelligence and military activities that led to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden was killed nearly 10 years after 9/11.  

On view through May 2021

A hallway with framed photographs of rescue dogs stretches through the frame. "K-9 Courage," the title of the exhibition, appears above the wall of photographs.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

K-9 Courage

The newest special exhibition at the 9/11 Memorial Museum honors the hundreds of dogs that participated in the response to the 9/11 attacks.

On view until summer 2021

Four visitors watch a video screen that shows survivors recounting their memories of 9/11 in the Reflecting on 9/11 exhibition.  Eight survivors can be seen in a panorama across the long video screen.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Reflecting on 9/11

Reflecting on 9/11 invites visitors to record their own stories, memories and opinions about 9/11 and the day’s ongoing ramifications. Visitor recordings are added to the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s digital archive and may be featured in the Reflecting on 9/11 gallery.

An audience of several dozen people watches a panoramic screen showing rebuilding at the World Trade Center site as part of the Rebirth at Ground Zero exhibition.

Rebirth at Ground Zero

Rebirth at Ground Zero is an immersive media installation that tracks the physical transformation and renewal at the World Trade Center site alongside the emotional journeys of individuals who were directly affected by 9/11.