More than 12 years after terror attacks felled the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial Museum will open to the public May 21, officials announced Monday.
Relatives, survivors, rescue workers, first responders from agencies that lost members in the 9/11 attacks, and lower Manhattan residents and business owners will get exclusive access to the museum for 24-hours a day during a dedication period from May 15 through May 20.
"Keeping the museum's doors open for 24 hours during this period will also serve as a small tribute to the thousands of Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers who worked around the clock in the aftermath of 9/11 as the city, the nation and the world supported them," the not-for-profit National September 11 Memorial & Museum said Monday in a release announcing the opening date.
"Through its long commitment to educate future generations and to safeguard an important American history, building the museum is in large part the answer to the violence of the 9/11 attacks. The stories of heroism, of valor and the unwavering spirit felt and witnessed on that day, and the ensuing months, will be told for years to come after the museum's doors open to visitors from around the world," 9/11 Memorial Chair and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.