9/11 Tribute Museum in New York to close: “It’s a huge loss”

The 9/11 Tribute Museum in Lower Manhattan — a nearly 30,000-square-foot space three blocks from the World Trade Center site — will close its doors on Wednesday afternoon, just weeks before the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The Greenwich Street Museum, which first opened near Liberty Street in 2006, has been struggling to stay afloat since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

“Two-thirds of our annual revenue comes from our admissions fees,” Jennifer Adams-Webb, co-founder of the museum and CEO of the 9/11 Family Association, told The Post. “We were completely closed for six months in 2020. We had an average of 300,000 visitors a year… and last year we had a total of 26,000 visitors, so it completely wiped out our revenue.”

As a destination for education and community support among survivors and family members of those who died on 9/11, the museum moved to its location at 92 Greenwich St in 2017 through all of 2021, but the outstanding principal debt coupled with still low attendance required a difficult decision.

The museum first opened on Liberty Street in 2006 but moved to Greenwich Street in 2017 — three blocks from the World Trade Center site.
The museum first opened on Liberty Street in 2006 but moved to Greenwich Street — three blocks from the World Trade Center — in 2017.
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Many artifacts go to the New York State Museum in Albany.
Many artifacts go to the New York State Museum in Albany.
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The museum offered educational programs to school children and international tourists alike.
The museum offered educational programs to school children and international tourists alike.
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The entrance was on the corner of Greenwich Street and Rector Street.
The entrance was on the corner of Greenwich Street and Rector Street.
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The museum covered around 30,000 square meters.
The museum covered around 30,000 square meters.
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With visitor numbers falling sharply in recent years, the museum made a difficult decision to close.
With visitor numbers falling sharply in recent years, the museum made a difficult decision to close.
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“There’s no way we’re going to get out of this at this rate,” Adams-Webb said. “We need the state or city stepping in with other partners to be able to say, ‘We appreciate you. We want to save this organization, but we can’t dig any further into a hole at this point.”

The 9/11 Tribute Museum was a stop for American and international visitors en route to the Statue of Liberty before heading to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, right where the Twin Towers once stood. But now the galleries – which have been visited by more than 5 million people since 2006 – are being dismantled so the artifacts will be sent to the New York State Museum in Albany, which will keep most of the collection. (An online presence is used to keep educational resources and support flowing.)

Still, the home base will be gone — and without government intervention, it’s unlikely to return, according to Adams-Webb.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve been able to achieve, but … the place for the 9/11 community isn’t here,” she said. “It is a great loss for the people who called this their second home, where they could come from and tell their story… There is no museum that has the double mission that we have to support the community and also the visitors who come here.”

https://nypost.com/2022/08/17/nycs-9-11-tribute-museum-to-close-its-a-huge-loss/ 9/11 Tribute Museum in New York to close: “It’s a huge loss”

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