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Clearly, nothing can overshadow the importance and emotional impact of seeing Ground Zero itself. Ground Zero Museum Workshop, however, is a wonderful preamble to the main memorial. This is a 5-star rated tour in New York City, voted the “4th Most Popular Attraction in New York” by TripAdvisor.
Artifacts and the stunning images of 9-11 Official Ground Zero Photographer Gary Marlon Suson are on exhibit for the public. The daily, two-hour tours give visitors an up close and personal look at the remarkable people and stories from the Ground Zero recovery effort. It should be noted that this child-friendly museum does not discuss the actual events of 9-11, but rather focuses on the 8 months that followed the attacks.
HoursDaily Guided Tours: Sunday-Monday: 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm; Wednesday: 11:00 am; Saturday: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
ClosingsChristmas Day and Thanksgiving Day All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
Redemption InstructionsGround Zero Museum Workshop Tour admission is one choice with the New York City Explorer Pass.
Reservation InstructionsLimit 25 guests per tour, so reserve well in advance to secure your spot. Call 212-924-1040 to reserve your tour time. You will need to leave your credit card number to reserve a spot; however, your card will not be charged unless you do not show up for your tour. If the reservation phone line is busy, and you are unable to leave a message, reservation requests and inquiries can also be sent to GroundZeroTicket@aol.com. Please also note that the Ground Zero Museum Workshop has a zero cancellation policy so all reservations are final.
NoteAll purses and bags MUST be checked at tour start due to security. Failure to do so will result in non entry.
Address420 West 14th Street between 9th Ave. and Washington Street New York, NY 10014
Driving DirectionsThere is a parking garage on 10th Ave. and 19th St.
Public TransportationBy Subway: A, C, or E Train from Times Sq. (or from Ground Zero) and get off at 14th St. subway stop. Walk West on 14th St. to 420 West 14th St. between 9th Ave. and Washington St. Ring #3 and Museum is on 2nd floor.
Tours of the Ground Zero Museum include: an introductory narration and historical overview, given by a personal tour-guide; a 12-minute film on a big screen; an interactive walk-through of artifacts; and a self-guided audio experience consisting of 100 stories behind each image and artifact. Audio tours are available in French, Italian, English, and Spanish.
Located in Manhattan’s historic Meat-Packing District, the Ground Zero Museum Workshop is only 6 minutes by subway from the actual site of the former World Trade Center. The photographs on exhibit will take viewers on an emotional roller-coaster, eliciting feelings ranging from deep sadness to a feeling of unity with other visitors and Americans, who are all connected in some human, transcendent way to the victims of the 9-11 tragedy.
The Ground Zero Musuem Workshop is known as the ‘Biggest Little Museum in New York’. Intimate photos of artifacts and notes left at Ground Zero bring visitors to grips with the vastness of the tragedy, which united the world in grieving for its victims and spawned a new era in foreign relations.
Images of firefighters and artifacts are sensitively and reverently arranged, and their poignancy lies in their ability to provoke thought about their connection to their owners (presumably all victims of the 9-11 tragedy). A shattered makeup case, for example, evokes sympathy for a woman who held this item in her final hours, and a photograph of a desk calendar lying in the rubble brings up questions about its owner’s schedule on that fateful day.
As Gary Marlon Suson tactfully said of his museum, “If you are looking to remember the fallen in a beautiful way, you’ve come to the right place…if you can’t connect, you can’t heal, and so I’m hoping that these images will serve that purpose.”
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