The 9/11 Tribute Center provides education experiences for visitors and a central place for the local community and victims' families and friends to gather and share their personal experiences with the public. It is the official partner and tour provider at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Through walking tours, exhibitions and programs, the 9/11 Tribute Center connects visitors with people who directly experienced the events of the February 26, 1993 bombing and September 11, 2001. The Tribute Center has hosted more than four million visitors from all over the world.
The 9/11 Tribute Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit.
The 9/11 Tribute Center, formerly known as the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, is a project of the September 11th Families’ Association.
The September 11th Families’ Association was created by widows and other family members of those killed in the 9/11 attacks. The Association established a mission to unite and support all victims of terrorism through communication, representation and peer support.
The 9/11 Tribute Center opened on September 6, 2006, across the street from the World Trade Center site and next to the Engine 10/Ladder 10 Firehouse of the New York City Fire Department.
The 9/11 Tribute Center is located in the former Liberty Deli, where meals and supplies were given to rescue workers in the attacks' aftermath. The Association renovated the space to create an educational center with photos, artifacts, and stories shared by the community.
The 9/11 Tribute Center has trained guides who have personal 9/11 experiences. The 9/11 Tribute Center is open to the public and organizes 40 tours a week; these tours are one hour 15 minutes long. The Education Department also offers learning programming, professional development, and workshops.
The museum has two floors. All galleries are Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.
- Visitors watch a video to learn what it was like to work at, visit and live around the original World Trade Center prior to the attack. The gallery also describes the February 26, 1993 bombing.
- A timeline of September 11, 2001 walks visitors through the experiences of many survivors and victims.
- Explains the rescue and recovery efforts that occurred during the nine-month duration after 9/11. A piece of WTC steel and the turnout coat of a fallen FDNY firefighter are on display.
- Portraits of both February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 victims.
- Hall of Healing Memorial: Sadako Sasaki’s famous origami peace crane along with more than 10,000 other cranes created in the name of peace.
The Huffington Post wrote that "walking through the museum is like being transported back to the turmoil, destruction and anguish of 9/11. Exhibits express the disbelief and heartache of New York and the nation."
Other 9/11 memorials
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a partner of the 9/11 Tribute Center and serves as the primary memorial to the events September 11, 2001. Aside from the memorial constructed at Ground Zero, there are many other memorials built by various communities and municipalities throughout the United States. Many of these memorials are built around a remnant of steel from the destroyed towers. These remnants have been donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey through a program that has distributed more than 1,000 pieces of World Trade Center steel.
- Construction of the World Trade Center
- World Trade Center
- September 11 attacks
- National September 11 Memorial & Museum