By Mariam Machabeli ’16 and Isaiah Gelb ’16
The city has 80 enchanting museums. From one of the biggest museums like the Natural History Museum to one of the smallest like Museum (seriously, it’s simply called Museum), Ground Zero is the most heart-touching exhibition a person can visit in Manhattan.
Once you step on the block of Greenwich St & Liberty St, your heart sinks. You see a tribute to the firefighters carved majestically on a wall. As you walk down, you stumble upon something magnificent. Right where one of the Twin Towers stood is a huge fountain engraved with names of those who lost their lives. The water streams down into a large hole in the fountain. People stand there for 30 minutes to an hour taking pictures and just staring at the amazing structure.
Unlike the outside, you need to pay for the tickets to go inside the museum. The tickets may seem a little overpriced ($48 for two adults) but once you walk into the museum, it’ll be worth it. A heads up: once you’re done showing your ticket; you must go through a security check. That means hats, bags, coats, and any medals must come off. Even though it seems to be a bit of a hassle, it is for safety precautions.
Every room you take a step into makes you feel the sorrows, even after 14 years.
There is one room in particular that moved many people. It’s a large room with benches connected to the walls for people to sit in. Two large screens are on the wall playing a presentation of the victim’s pictures. People see the victims who died on 9/11. Family members describe the victims’ traits, interests, and family life.
Artifacts from the Twin Towers were also on display, such as, helmets of the firefighters, signed baseballs, shoes, a fire truck that was damaged terribly, and the ‘Survivors Staircase.’
One of the workers said that if it wasn’t for these stairs, many more people could have died.
The workers in the museum are passionate about informing people about the events from 9/11. A piece of information that shocked a group of people was that 12 thousand people went to work on that morning. If the tragedy happened later that day, 50 thousand people would have been affected and more deaths would have occurred.
Once you get to the heart of the museum, you will be left astounded.
This part of the museum shows you, in chronological order, the events that happened on 9/11. Every picture you see, and every sound you hear will leave you speechless. Extreme graphics are shown in videos so it may not be suited for everyone. Tissue boxes and chairs are provided for people who need to sit down and take a breather from what they are seeing.
With every step you take in this museum, you feel chills. The museum is moving in the fact that you are walking around the actual site, and some of the foundation walls are visible. You hear voices of people who stood outside on September 11 telling the reporters what they saw and how scared they were. You watch actual videos of the towers trembling down. You hear voice mails the workers left to say their last words to their family and friends while they were still in the falling towers. Although you might be ruled by sorrow after leaving this museum, it has become an important destination for visitors to New York City. The museum is for people to better understand the events of that historic day.