The memorial exhibition honors the 2,977 individuals killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the six individuals killed in the bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993.
About the Exhibition
Immediately conveying the enormity of loss, a floor-to-ceiling presentation of 2,983 portrait photographs surrounds visitors as they enter the gallery. These four walls present a true cross-section of humanity, ages two and a half to 85, from more than 90 nations, spanning the spectrum of ethnicities, socioeconomic sectors, and faith traditions.
The gallery’s inner chamber provides a more intimate space for remembrance. Profiles of victims are projected onto the walls of this room along with personal photographs and recorded remembrances left by family members, friends, and former colleagues.
Objects on View
Artifact cases feature displays of recovered property and objects reflecting the interests and activities of the victims before their lives were cut short. New artifacts are displayed annually.
Earrings worn by Shakila Yasmin
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum. Gift of the Chowdhury family in memory of Shakila Yasmin and Nurul Miah
Originally from Bangladesh, Shakila Yasmin came to the United States with her family in 1992 as a 16-year-old. She hoped to return to Bangladesh one day to help people in need. Her hometown, Dhaka, is known for its jewelry production, especially detailed wire designs called filigree. The earrings on display have elements of filigree. Both Shakila and her husband, Nurul H. Miah, worked for Marsh & McLennan Companies and were killed on 9/11.
Albanian sash worn by Simon Marash Dedvukaj
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum. Gift from the family of Simon Marash Dedvukaj.
Simon Dedvukaj grew up in the Bronx, fascinated by his grandfather’s stories of the family's Albanian homeland. He became an expert on their heritage, wearing traditional clothing and answering his siblings’ historical questions. Simon married his wife Elizabeta — to whom he was introduced by his sister — in 2000. A maintenance foreman at ABM Industries, Simon was at work high in the North Tower on September 11. He was 26 years old.
Mission to Remember: Acquiring Artifacts
As part of our mission to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Memorial Museum works with family members, close friends, and coworkers to collect artifacts and spoken remembrances that illustrate the lives, personalities, and passions of those who were killed.
In the video below, Executive Vice President of Collections and Chief Curator Jan Seidler Ramirez shares how her team collects objects for display in the Museum.