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The world was shaken on the 11th of September, 2001, when two passenger planes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York. The 9/11 museum exhibition showcases numerous exhibitions such as the Historical Exhibition, Memorial Exhibition, K-9 Courage, and Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden.

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In Memoriam

This exhibition honors the 2977 people who were killed due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Similar memorials are also present in Somerset County in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. Additionally, the memorial also honors the 6 people who were killed in the bombing at the World Trade Center on the 26th of February, 1993.

The exhibition features a floor-to-ceiling presentation of the 2983 portrait photos, to convey the enormity of the loss. Featuring people from over 90 countries, from the age of two and a half to 85, these 4 walls are undoubtedly a true cross-section of humankind.

The inner chamber of the gallery offers a more intimate space for the remembrance of these individuals, with personal photographs and recorded videos left by friends, family, and colleagues.

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Historical Exhibition: September 11, 2001

This exhibition presents the story of 9/11 using images, artifacts, archival audio and video recordings, as well as first-person testimonies. The exhibition is divided into three different sections - Events of the Day which outlines the events as they unfolded; Before 9/11 to provide context leading to these devastating attacks and; After 9/11, addressing the aftermath and repercussions of the attacks. 

Throughout the exhibition, there are several artifacts on display that serve as entry points and markers of the story. A case belonging to a Flight 93 passenger, and a bandana belonging to firefighter Welles Remy Crowther are two objects that are on display here.

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K-9 Courage

This exhibition is dedicated to the hundreds of police dog K-9 units that participated in the 9/11 attack response efforts. After the attacks, K-9 units searched the wreckage for survivors and helped comfort the families of victims and responders.

Charlotte Dumas, a photographer, was determined to find out the date of the 9/11 rescue dogs. She managed to locate 15 of them and traveled across the US to take portrait photographs of these heroes. 

Nearly 2 decades after the response to the 9/11 attacks, K-9 Courage was established to pay tribute to the canine responders.

Digital 9/11 Museum Exhibits

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September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World

This is an educational exhibit that recounts the stories of individuals who survived or witnessed the attacks. The exhibit features 14 posters and includes images of artifacts as well as archival video recordings from the museum. This downloadable exhibition presents the origins of the 9/11 attacks, their history, and their ongoing consequences. Exploring the consequences of terrorism on communities and individuals at the local, national, and international scale, the exhibit wonderfully gives insight into the implications of 9/11.

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World Trade Center History

An online collection of stories, this exhibition delves into the symbolism behind the World Trade Center, and the reason it was chosen as a target. The Twin Towers dominated the New York skyline for 30 years before their destruction in 2001. They went on to become iconic, and emblematic of New York City and the United States as a whole. 

The fame and symbolism made the Twin Towers targets of the two attacks on September 11.

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Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden

This online exhibition explores the information that the US government had on Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. It follows the 10 years period between the 9/11 attacks and the raid that resulted in the death of bin Laden. The exhibition delves into the planning and strategy of the US forces, and how they conducted rehearsals at replica compounds of the one where bin Laden was believed to be staying.

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Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11

This online exhibition presents the work of 13 New York Artists, who were strongly affected by the events that transpired on that fateful day. It includes video interviews of the artists, detailed information about their art, as well as other related works. 

The exhibition also includes visitor responses as they attempted to make sense of the unimaginable destruction and loss of life on that day.

Past Exhibits Held at 9/11 Museum

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Skywalkers: A Portrait of Mohawk Ironworkers at the World Trade Center

Artist Melissa Cacciola’s tintype photographs of Native American Mohawk Ironworkers were showcased at this exhibition. They were renowned for working fearlessly at great heights and helping build the Twin Towers, in addition to aiding in the recovery operations at Ground Zero. They also helped rebuild the new site of the new World Trade Center.

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Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden

This exhibition was told by the people who were directly involved in the search for Osama bin Laden. The exhibition takes visitors through the hunt for Osama bin Laden until it culminates in the raid at his hideout in Abbottabad in Pakistan. With over 60 artifacts that were only recently declassified, this exhibit included testimonies from military personnel, law enforcement, and intelligence officers who were involved in the 10-year hunt for terrorism.

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Cover Stories: Remembering the Twin Towers on The New Yorker

An exhibition by the New Yorker magazine, it features 33 covers from the iconic culture and weekly news magazine. Since the first World Trade Center was constructed, it has appeared on the cover of New Yorker magazine multiple times. Following 9/11, the sadness and somber atmosphere of the nation took to the cover of the magazine.

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Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11

This exhibition featured the artwork of 13 New York City artists who were deeply affected by the attacks. It was present from September 2016 to January 2018. The works featured included sculptures and paintings that guarantee to take your breath away.

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Hope at Ground Zero: FEMA Photographs by Andrea Booher

These photographs feature the dedicated women and men at work at Ground Zero, in the aftermath of the attacks. The exhibition was presented from May 2016 to May 2017.

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Beyond Ground Zero: 9/11 and the American Landscape, Photographs by Jonathan C. Hyman

This exhibition featured photographs that document the numerous improvised memorials that quickly emerged just days after the attacks. It also included photographs of both public and private spaces across the country that came up years later.

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Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11

This exhibit took a look at how sports helped unite the country and help it heal in the aftermath of the attacks. The rituals of sport allowed people to commemorate those killed in the 9/11 attacks and honor the heroes who protect the people.

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Frequently Asked Questions About 9/11 Museum Exhibits

Q. Are the 9/11 Museum exhibits open for visitors?

A. Yes, the 9/11 Museum exhibits are open for visits.

Q. Can I visit the 9/11 Museum exhibits?

A. Yes, you can definitely visit the museum to take a look at the 9/11 Museum exhibits. You can buy 9/11 Museum tickets online here.

Q. Do I need separate tickets to view the 9/11 Museum exhibits?

A. No, you simply need to book 9/11 Museum entrance tickets to get access to all the exhibits held within.

Q. What exhibits are displayed at the 9/11 Museum?

A. Right now, the 9/11 Museum exhibits include In Memoriam which honors all the lives lost and first responders, Historical Exhibition: September 11, 2001, which depicts the story of the 9/11 attacks, and K-9 Courage which honors the police dogs that helped rescue victims after the attack.

Q. Is it worth visiting the 9/11 Museum exhibits?

A. The 9/11 Museum exhibits tell you the story of the tragic 9/11 attacks and thousands were affected by it. They include stories from the first responders and also depict the ongoing implications of the attacks. It helps you get a deeper understanding of this devastating event and is definitely worth checking out.

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