9/11 Memorial Museum Opens

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/15 2014 11:18AM

Updated 05/15 2014 11:42AM

NEW YORK - New Yorkers will pause Thursday to remember the attacks of 9/11, as the September 11th Museum opens its doors at the World Trade Center for the first time. More than a decade in the making, the haunting exhibits tell the story of that terrible day and the thousands of people who perished in those terrorist attacks

Nearly 13-years after the World Trade Center's Twin Towers fell, a museum opens Thursday honoring those who lost their lives there.

Visitors will see an exhibition dedicated to the 2,983 killed on September 11th and in the February 1993 bombing.

The halls and exhibits are underground, occupying the footprint of the Twin Towers.

The museum tells the story of one of the darkest days in U.S. history through personal artifacts, photos, audio and video, ad allows visitors to connect with pieces of the Twin Towers.

The "Survivors Stairs", a stairwell still mostly intact from the North Tower, a stairwell so many used to run for safety.

The steel beams that formed a cross, and became a symbol of hope amid despair.

You'll also see the "last column" still covered with missing posters and mast cards, tagged with graffiti honoring the policemen and firefighters who died heroes.

The museum will also house 8,000 sets of remains from unidentified 9-11 victims. 

Earlier they were brought to the museum, a decision some family members opposed. They're being kept in an area at the museum off limits to the public. The remains lie behind a wall, engraved with the words of the poet virgil: "no day shall erase you from the memory of time."

This museum cost the city's foundation $700 million dollars, more than 3 years behind schedule. So a lot of people have been waiting for this day. 

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