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Attendance Tops 2 Million at NYC's Sept. 11 Memorial Museum

Friday, 20 Mar 2015 04:30 PM

The National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum in New York has been attracting more visitors than planned, despite having exhibits that have proved disturbing even to staff.

The museum, which chronicles the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, has greeted more than 2 million visitors since opening last May, and was running about 5 percent ahead of projections over the summer, a spokesman said. It is part of a complex at the former World Trade Center site that includes a memorial, which opened in 2011.

Designing a museum about events that cost almost 3,000 lives has been challenging, Amy Weisser, the facility’s vice president for exhibitions, said Friday in a presentation for the Themed Entertainment Association, a trade group holding its annual conference in Anaheim, California. Museum designers had to incorporate the wishes of victims’ families, first responders and others.

“A good day at work is when I cry,” Weisser said. “It means I’m looking at the content and not project-management stuff.”

The museum features profiles of all the victims, about a third of which include audio recollections by friends and family. Recordings for about 100 victims have been added since the museum opened, she said.

How to portray the terrorists also has been a challenge, Weisser said. Galleries chronicle the rise of al-Qaida, and an exhibit on the Seal Team Six raid that killed Osama bin Laden opened in September. The museum doesn’t feature profiles of the 19 hijackers who crashed airliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001.

A museum worker told Weisser she wished she had been better prepared to listen to the last telephone message from one of the victims. As a result, the museum installed signs warning visitors that some of the audio exhibits might be particularly disturbing.

 

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