May 21st marks the opening of the new 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, commemorating the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of 1993 and 2001. Standing in the shadows of the 9/11 memorial, on the site of the former World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, the Museum is a testament to the strength of the human spirit in overcoming tragedies like these.
While for the adult generation, it’s impossible to forget these terrible events, and the emotional resonance they generated across the globe, these major dates in history are now beyond the living memory of most of today’s students. Without having witnessed the global reaction to September the 11th, it can be difficult for young minds to grasp the cultural, political and historic significance of the attacks.
The opening of the Museum therefore offers a vital opportunity for schools to give pupils a deeper insight into the world around them, and one of the most consequential events of the last few decades. Through a range of sources including photography, artefacts, video footage and audio interviews, the museum’s collections convey the two sides of the 9/11 attacks, at once a story of loss and one of hope.
The Museum pays tribute to nearly 3000 lives lost on these tragic days, recounting the events as they unfolded and their repercussions around the world. At the same time though, the Museum shines a light on the heroic rescue efforts of those involved in New York and the touching actions of individuals throughout the US and beyond to help the community rebuild itself in the aftermath.
Joining the United Nations building and Harlem Civil Rights tours, the new 9/11 Memorial Museum is set to offer a momentous and moving addition to New York’s culturally significant educational scene. To enable your students to be amongst the first to experience its exhibits, contact WST.