A LOOK BACK AT 2018
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum had a year full of tributes, special events, memorable visits and more.
25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1993 BOMBING
On February 26th we commemorated the 25th anniversary of the first attack on the World Trade Center. This solemn ceremony, held on the 9/11 Memorial plaza, recognized the six people killed and the more than 1,000 people injured in 1993.
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL VISIT
As part of a five-day sightseeing trip in March, a group of 55 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The group was in New York to perform at Carnegie Hall for a high school band showcase concert. Two members of the marching band were killed in the shooting in February of 2018, in Parkland, Florida.
ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK AND COMMUNITY DAY
On April 22, 5,000 participants gathered for the sixth annual 5K Run/Walk and Community Day, presented by RXR. After the race, thousands more took part in Community Day near the 9/11 Memorial, which is a free event, open to the public featuring activities and entertainment for all ages.
9/11 MEMORIAL GLADE ANNOUNCEMENT
On May 30, the design for the historic evolution of the 9/11 Memorial was unveiled, marking a milestone in a collaborative and continuing design process. The dedicated space will honor the ongoing sacrifice of rescue, recovery and relief workers, as well as the survivors and members of the broader lower Manhattan community who are sick or have passed away from exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of 9/11. It will also recognize the courage, selflessness and perseverance of the men and women of the rescue and recovery effort.
17TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
More than 3,500 family members, survivors, uniformed officers and state and city leaders gathered on the Memorial plaza to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Later, the plaza was opened to the public for the annual viewing of “Tribute in Light,” a commemorative art installation, presented by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Comprised of two beams of light which soar up to four miles into the night sky, this installation is reminiscent of the Twin Towers.
COMEBACK SEASON ESPN SPECIAL
Inspired by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s special exhibition “Comeback Season,” ESPN aired the documentary special, "Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11." In it, they offer an in-depth look at iconic moments across U.S. sporting leagues in the months following the attacks through a series of interviews with athletes, coaches and members of the 9/11 community whose lives were touched by professional sports in the aftermath of the attacks. The special reached over one million households.
NATO SECRETARY GENERAL VISIT
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 and outlined NATO’s continued role in the fight against terrorism in a speech delivered at the Museum on September 26 as part of a public program. The audience included students from two local high schools.
SALUTE TO SERVICE
Salute to Service is an annual five-day program honoring the country’s veterans, as well as the families and communities that support them. From November 7 to 11, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum hosted a series of special programs and events to pay tribute to their service.
FDNY GARAGE DOOR
As part of the fall 2018 rotation of artifacts in the Museum's Tribute Walk, a firehouse garage door painted to memorialize eight fallen firefighters connected to the house was placed on display. The door, from Brooklyn Heights’ FDNY Engine Company 205 and Ladder Company 118 on Middagh Street, features the Brooklyn Bridge over which their vehicles raced to the World Trade Center on 9/11, with their members who made the ultimate sacrifice symbolized as eight stars shining in the night sky.
Presented with permission of the City of New York and the New York City Fire Department, courtesy of Engine 205/Ladder 118, and artists Kia Carbone, Kye Carbone, and Lt. Frank Visco (Retired), Artwork Courtesy of Friends of Firefighters, Inc.
The “Skywalkers: A Portrait of Mohawk Ironworkers at the World Trade Center, Tintype Photographs by Melissa Cacciola” exhibition features artist Melissa Cacciola’s tintype portraits of members of the Mohawk ironworker community recognizing their role in shaping the iconic skyline of lower Manhattan. The Native American ironworkers, or “Skywalkers,” were integral to building the Twin Towers, as well as to subsequent rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero and the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.
SUMMIT ON SECURITY
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum hosted the inaugural Summit on Security, presented by First Data on November 18 to 19. It brought together many of the world’s leading voices on security matters from across the public and private sectors with the aim of helping develop and spread critical new ideas that will keep our nation’s companies and cities ahead of the latest threats.
BY THE NUMBERS
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has welcomed millions of visitors from all 50 states and around the world.
TOTAL VISITORS TO THE MEMORIAL
September 2011: Memorial opens
MILLION VISITORS IN 2018
Equivalent to 77% of New York City’s population of 8.6 million
TOTAL VISITORS TO THE MUSEUM
May 2014: Museum opens
MILLION VISITORS IN 2018
Equivalent to the entire population of Manhattan and the Bronx
MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM TOUR PARTICIPANTS
Enough to fill Yankee Stadium 3 times
Museum members by year end
STUDENT PARTICIPANTS IN EDUCATOR-LED WORKSHOPS AND TOURS
62% INCREASE IN STUDENT PARTICIPATION DURING THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR
In 2017, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation issued a four-year challenge grant to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, seeking to increase the impact of student workshops and tours. The grant currently covers admission and program costs primarily for New York City students and, on a capped basis, for students from New Jersey, Connecticut and New York State.
Thus far, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has successfully achieved match funding for the current school year (2018–2019) but is still responsible for raising a combined $300,000 more for the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 school years.
For more information on how to support this initiative or other programs, please contact the Institutional Advancement Department at (212) 312-8800.
STUDENTS REACHED DURING ANNIVERSARY IN THE SCHOOLS WEBINAR
567% INCREASE SINCE 2016
The Anniversary in the Schools webinar is made possible thanks to generous support from the New York Life Foundation.
Up from 7 foreign countries in 2017
TEACHERS ATTENDED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
INCREASE SINCE 2016
PARTICIPANTS IN YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
Including 2,300+ visitors to the 9/11 Memorial Art Cart
The Art Cart is made possible thanks to generous
support from the New York Life Foundation.
In 2018, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum acquired over 645 items, bringing its total collection to more than 67,500 items, including:
Moving Images & Audio Recordings
Print & Digital Images
Presented live in New York and digitally across the globe, the Museum hosts thought leaders, experts, artists and performers in dynamic public programs to help further conversations about the history of 9/11 and its continued impact.
PUBLIC PROGRAM ATTENDEES
Enough to fill MetLife Stadium almost 4 times
In 2018, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum expanded off-campus public programming, including initiatives through new partnerships with the Brooklyn Historical Society for a screening of Wolfgang Staehle’s video "2001," as well as with the New York Road Runners for a public program on the unifying power of sports after tragedy at the TCS New York Marathon Pavilion in Central Park. Look for these and more off-site programming in the future.
Interactive screens located near a piece of World Trade Center steel in Foundation Hall in which visitors can leave messages or sign their name.
1 MILLIONTH SIGNATURE ADDED
COMEBACK SEASON: SPORTS AFTER 9/11
The “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” exhibition opened to the public on June 27. It explores how sports and athletes helped to unite the country and console a grieving nation, and the ways in which they gave us a reason to cheer again following the 2001 attacks. Learn more about the exhibition >>
Presentation of “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” has been made possible in part through the support of the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Major League Baseball and the New York Mets/Jeff Wilpon.
SKYWALKERS: A PORTRAIT OF MOHAWK IRONWORKERS AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, TINTYPE PHOTOGRAPHS BY MELISSA CACCIOLA
Mohawk ironworkers have shaped the skylines of North American cities for more than 100 years. This exhibition explores the intergenerational connections between this community and the World Trade Center and features 30 tintype portraits by New York City–based artist Melissa Cacciola of Mohawk members of the Local 40 ironworkers’ union.
“Skywalkers” is accompanied by a brand-new audio guide tour featuring the voices of artist Melissa Cacciola and Mohawk ironworkers Lindsay LeBorgne and Jeff Morris. The tour will be available in both the English and Mohawk languages. This is the first time the Museum has translated an audio tour into an indigenous language. Listen to an excerpt of this tour below.
Lindsay LeBorgne ióntiats. Skaniatará:ti ne Kanien’kéha niwakhsennò:ten nè:’e kén:ton ne The Other Side of The River. Kahnawà:ke ktsénhaiens, énska ne sha’té:kon kanatakè:ron ne Kanien’kehá:ka nà:kon nonkwá:ti ne Wastonhronòn:ke tánon’ tsi tetiatenakerahserákhen ne Koráhne nón:we. Kaié:ri takahwatsiratátie ratirihsta’kehró:non nì:’i tánon’ ó:nen áhsen niwáhsen wísk niiohserá:ke ne shiwatió’te. Akhwá:tsire tánon’ é:so kahwatsí:rake ne Kanien’kehá:ka, ísi’ nón:we ne énska tewen’niáwe niiohserá:ke ronatahsnié:nen Wastonhronon’kéhshon ahatinonhsakétsko ne è:neken tiotenonhsaténnion.
My name is Lindsay LeBorgne. My Mohawk name is Skanenratti which means The Other Side Of The River. I am a Council Chief for Kahnawake, one of eight communities in the Mohawk nation located in the northeastern United States and Canada along the border of the two countries. I am also a fourth-generation ironworker having worked for 35 years. My family, like many Mohawk families, helped shape the skylines of North American cities for more than 100 years.
CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY
Throughout 2018, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum continued to build and strengthen relationships in support of its mission.
5K Run/Walk and Community Day
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SIXTH ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK AND COMMUNITY DAY
Salute to Service
5-day series of events and tributes recognizing veterans and active members of the military, as well as the families and communities that support them.
INCREASE IN VISITING VETERANS
INCREASE IN ACTIVE / RETIRED VETERANS
In recognition of the World War I centenary, and as part of Salute to Service, visitors were offered a special preview of the central sculptural feature of our nation’s next major memorial, the National World War I National Memorial planned for Washington, D.C.’s Pershing Park.
VOLUNTEERS TO DATE
ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS IN 2018
CORPORATE VOLUNTEER GROUPS
OUR CITY. OUR STORY.
PODCAST SEASON 2
OUR CITY. OUR STORY. is a collection of stories of resilience and hope surrounding 9/11, as told today by New Yorkers. Season 2 featured such prominent personalities as:
MISSION TO REMEMBER
Mission to Remember is an original documentary series chronicling the untold stories of honor and remembrance at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
A recent contribution to the series, “Working with Four-Legged Friends,” introduces canine handler Mike Racioppo and his canine friend Hatter, who are both regular fixtures on the Memorial plaza. This entry joins “Caring for the Memorial Pools,” which follows the 9/11 Memorial staff responsible for the upkeep of the Memorial pools as a profound space of reflection.
THE SURVIVOR TREE
Each year, seedlings from the Survivor Tree are given to three communities that have endured tragedy. A total of 18 cities have been selected as part of the seedling distribution program since September 2013.
SACRIFICE AND SURVIVAL
Explore the Registries, a living historical record of survival, recovery and commemoration.
RESCUE AND RECOVERY WORKER PROFILES
WITNESS AND SURVIVOR PROFILES
9/11 MEMORIAL LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE
BUILDING THE 9/11 MEMORIAL GLADE
This dedicated space will honor the ongoing sacrifice of rescue, recovery, and relief workers, as well as the survivors and members of the broader lower Manhattan community who are sick, injured, or have died from the exposure to the toxins at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of 9/11; it will also recognize the courage, selflessness and perseverance of the men and women of the rescue and recovery effort.
The design for the 9/11 Memorial Glade includes a pathway that mirrors the location of the main ramp used by the rescue and recovery works to remove debris from the site. Stone monoliths, whose design incorporates World Trade Center steel, will flank the path, breaking the surface of the Memorial plaza and rising skyward. The 9/11 Memorial’s original architects, Michael Arad and Peter Walker, returned to design this new tribute ensuring the site’s aesthetic continuity and sacredness.
Former host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart, who has advocated for 9/11 health benefits, is helping to lead a major fundraising effort, including serving as chair of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk and Community Day in 2019. All proceeds from the annual event, which is presented by RXR, will support Glade construction. Also, New York State, through its affiliates, the Building Trades Unions and Bloomberg Philanthropies are providing lead support and funding.
Support us in building this historic pathway.
TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards ranked the 9/11 Memorial & Museum as the top museum in the United States, jumping from its fourth-place spot in 2017.
ROUNDING OUT THE TOP 5:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans
The Art Institute in Chicago
The USS Midway Museum in San Diego
TripAdvisor’s Top Global Attraction:
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum ranked #2 of the top 25 museums in the world, behind the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.