9/11 Museum Map, Layout and Navigation

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum encompasses a whopping 110,000 square feet of space.

Some visitors find it difficult to explore the museum on their own and end up missing the must-sees of the museum.

Tourists who book a 9/11 Museum Guided Tour need not worry about the layout as their experienced guide will help them navigate the premises.

They also share important information about the museum and its components.

But visitors planning to visit the museum on their own should have a basic idea of the layout and everything they need to see. 

This article will help you with the 9/11 museum map and some unmissable exhibitions and displays of the museum.

9/11 Memorial Museum Map

9 11 memorial map
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The plaza consists of sites located at the World Center site in Lower Manhattan. 

The memorial’s centerpiece is the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, which sits on the foot of the former Twin Towers. 

You can find Two Reflecting Pools, waterfalls, and the names of 2,983 victims names inscribed on the bronze parapets near the pools. 

You can walk along the names and reflect their loss. 

Past the pool, you can find the Survivor Tree, a pear tree that was severely damaged in the attacks but has since recovered. 

The tree is a symbol of hope and resilience. 

Below the Memorial Plaza, you can find the 9/11 museum. 

Visitors must walk through a pavilion made of steel and glass to get inside the museum.

The pavilion includes two massive steel tridents.

These tridents had been a part of the Twin Towers that the hijackers attacked.

Visitors descend to bedrock alongside the Vesey Street Stair remnant to get to the main exhibition space.

This Stair remnant is known as the “Survivors Stairs”.

Hundreds of people escaped their deaths on the Survivors Stairs on that awful day, thus leading to it being called so.

Some visitors end up feeling overwhelmed during their visit.

For their convenience, tissues and exit gates are strategically placed.

We recommend you download the 9/11 Museum Map PDF on your phone before you visit for a smooth visit. 

Exhibitions In 9/11 Museum

The museum is divided into three core sections:

The Historical Exhibition

The Historical Exhibition is further divided into three sections:

  1. Events of the Day- this section uses artifacts, images, videos and first-person testimonies, including real-time recordings from the unfateful day of the attack.

These elements provide insight into the events that took place on the hijacked planes leading up to the attacks and the subsequent tragedy.

  1. Before 9/11– this section provides the context for the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, making use of archival news footage and other sources. 
  2. After 9/11– After 9/11 is the final section of The Historical Exhibition.

It explores the impact of the 9/11 attacks, from the immediate aftermath through the present day.

The Memorial Exhibition

The Memorial Exhibition is also called In Memoriam.

This section has walls with photographs of individuals who lost their lives to the attacks in the years 1993 and 2001.

The Memoriam honors the victims of the attack.

There are touchscreen tables in this section that help visitors learn about the victims through personal remembrances about them.

The Foundation Hall

The Foundation Hall is the location of the “Slurry Wall.”

The Slurry Wall remains from the actual wall of the World Trade Center that was attacked. 

The Foundation Hall also contains the “Last Column”.

The Last Column is a 36-foot-high steel beam.

It was ceremonially removed from Ground Zero to mark the end of the nine-month-long recovery process. 

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