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9/11 museum sets admission fee at $24

Price on the high end of original estimate; memorial and museum take up half of the 16-acre World Trade Center site
January 24, 2014 08:17AM

The National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum will charge adults a $24 admission fee, the museum announced Thursday. Museum officials previously said that the entrance fee would be between $20 and $25 to help cover the high costs of running the institution.

Families directly impacted by the terrorist attacks can enter free of charge, and there will also be free hours for the general public each week, museum officials added.

“The 9/11 Memorial does not yet receive government support for ongoing operations as many other important museums of our national history do,” Joseph Daniels, president of the museum and memorial, said in a statement seen by Crain’s. Daniels added that the ticket price would help “fulfill our obligation to commemorate and preserve the history of 9/11. It will also enable educational programming that will teach the nature of and responsibility for the special freedoms we have.”

The museum, which opens this spring, is looking to cover up to 70 percent of its $63 million budget through revenues such as ticket sales and gift shop sales, according to Crain’s. The rest will be solicited through fundraising from both the private sector and the government. The memorial will continue to be free. [Crain’s]  – Hiten Samtani

  • Philip

    that whole space should be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! they paid for it!

    • DTNYC

      Nonsense! This museum will cost $60MM per year to operate and has NO government funding. NONE. So unless you want to pony up the funds, they have to get the money from somewhere. This is a world class museum that will be among the finest in the world. There is nothing wrong with charging admission. The public will have access to free hours at certain hours during the week and there will be discounts for kids and seniors.

  • K2theIzo

    Should be free to NY residents!!! This is crazy!!

    • DTNYC

      I love it how everyone things it should be free yet has no idea as to who will pay for it. The government has said know. Someone has to pay and they have made the right decision to charge an admission fee. De Blasio has now appealed once again to the federal government but until then admission fees are what we have. You can still visit on the free night.