NYC 9/11 Memorial Museum May Charge $20 Admission

CEO Tells City Council It Has To Find A Way To Maintain Itself Financially

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Visitors to the museum at the national 9/11 memorial could be required to pay an entrance fee of about $20, though victims’ relatives will always be able to enter for free, the president and CEO of the memorial foundation said Thursday.

Joe Daniels, the president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, told City Council members at a hearing that once the museum opens in September 2012, it must generate enough income to maintain itself and the memorial. The foundation is searching for other ways to finance the upkeep of the memorial, but Daniels said Thursday that if none can be found visitors would be asked to pay entrance fees comparable to ticket prices at other major museums in New York City, which he said charge about $20.

Daniels said the foundation is exploring whether the income could instead be generated through federal funding, private fundraising or suggested-admission charges. Any ticket charges would be discounted for school groups, he said.

Members of the public will be able to visit the 8-acre memorial plaza, to be opened to the public following the tenth anniversary commemoration of the attacks, for free.

In his hearing testimony, Daniels detailed plans to ensure that those with a stake in the site will be able to visit the memorial plaza despite restrictions that will initially limit the number of visitors at any given time to between 1,300 and 1,500 people.

There will be days set aside for first responders to visit, and the memorial foundation is working to include the volunteers who flocked to ground zero in those plans, Daniels said. And on the first Sunday of each month, from the opening date until January 2012, residents of the area surrounding ground zero will be invited to visit the plaza.

Daniels said that no victim’s family member who wishes to visit the memorial on the tenth anniversary of the attacks will be turned away. Family members have been given a special phone number to allow them to easily make reservations to visit the site.

On July 11, the public will be allowed to begin making online reservations to visit the memorial after it opens to the public Sept. 12.

Also at the hearing, City Council members said they would look into local residents’ concerns that there will be no public restrooms for the millions of anticipated visitors to the memorial for the first year that it’s open. The restrooms planned for the site are to be housed in the museum, which won’t open until the 11th anniversary of the attacks.

The memorial foundation does not wish to place portable toilets on the plaza, which is meant to be a place of respect, said memorial spokesman Michael Frazier.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Blasterific

    Big waste of time space and money for this place. Yeah i was there, I lived through it, lost someone etc etc. time to move on and stop being enslaved!!!!
    Life doesnt end!

  • Michael H.

    All of you dolts frothing at the mouth over this didn’t read the article:

    “it must generate enough income to maintain itself and the memorial”

    Where is the money supposed to come from? Are you willing to add extra tax dollars to your annual bill to fund the memorial?

  • Plain Disgusted

    That’s disgusting. The memorial should be free. Making money off a SITE OF TRAGEDY???? Is this a Bloomberg initiative? Is this how we’re paying the architect? The money is going to the city and not to a charity? $20 and no johns. CLASSIC.

  • mike

    CEO new world order wel yuppies keep it up soon you will be losing this FINE nation VET’S!

  • mike

    and what about our veterans that have fought for this country just like the intrepid air craft carrier!, love all THESE yuppie charging the VET money to see a site were other have died and other are still pasting FOR your fredom of NOT serving this FINE NATION!

  • ThePatriotMuckraker

    9/11, a scam on top of a scam.

  • Jimmy Reilly

    There isn’t anything that any of the rat politicians in NY City could say that could justify making money off a MEMORIAL. I’m convinced that no one in NY City government has a soul.

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