Compassion Resilience Service


Experience September 11th through the remarkable personal stories of survival, loss and healing from those who were there, and discover the tremendous spirit of resilience and service that arose after the attacks. Hear first-person perspectives from firefighters, police officers, survivors and family members as they give their own accounts of these life-changing events. Witness never before seen video and recovered artifacts that engage children to remember and take action to shape the future. 

The exhibits are geared for students to appreciate the historical significance and civic response to the events of 9/11. Museum artifacts, testimonies from survivors, rescue and recovery workers and family members share the powerful response of a nation changed. Discover the tremendous spirit of resilience and service that arose after the attacks. Create your own legacy tribute with a pledge of community service to make the world a better place. 

The 9/11 Tribute Museum is praised by teachers for sharing these stories and engaging students. Located steps from the 9/11 Memorial, the 9/11 Tribute Museum exhibitions are self-guided and take approximately 45 minutes.

Museum Exhibits include:

  • Lower Manhattan: Where the World Meets: Surrounded on three sides by water, the tip of Manhattan has drawn people from around the world for more than 400 years. This small strip of land has long been at the center of the global trade in goods, services, and ideas, affecting individual lives and influencing the course of national and global events.
  • September 11, 2001 Gallery: Video footage from the morning of September 11, 2001 shows the tragedy of the terrorist attacks and events that changed the world. Students who have no first-hand memory of the day learn about the events that shocked a nation and challenged the world.
  • Response and Recovery Gallery: From the moment the attacks began, people’s most human desire to help proved stronger than their fears and they rushed toward the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to offer help.
  • Remembrance Room: More than 2000 images chosen by family members create a living memorial for visitors to see and feel the vibrancy of the lives of the victims as well as the enormity of the loss.
  • Rebuilding and Remembering Gallery: As months turned into years, the communities and individuals affected by the September 11th attacks experienced many different personal journeys of challenge and healing. Strengthened by the resilience they had found in themselves and each other, they began re-envisioning their lives and rebuilding their communities.
  • Service to the World: Inspired by the generosity and kindness they received from all over the world, members of the 9/11 community have changed their own lives by reaching out to help others, developing foundations and service initiatives.
  • Seeds of Service Gallery: Being a responsible citizen in our global community means finding ways, both large and small, to make that community a better place. Visitors are invited to plant a seed of service by contributing their skills to a good cause.
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