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The 9/11 Tribute Museum in New York City has closed its doors for good, citing financial problems related to COVID-19 resulting from fewer in-person visitors.
“Financial difficulties, including the loss of revenue caused by the pandemic, prevent us from generating sufficient funding to continue operating the physical museum,” museum CEO Jennifer Adams-Webb said in a press release.
The Lower Manhattan museum, not to be confused with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the site of the World Trade Center, opened in September 2006. The small museum offered intimate guided tours by a volunteer staff of several survivors of 9/11.
According to its website, the 9/11 Tribute Museum welcomed a total of more than 5 million visitors as of 2021. Of those visitors, 500,000 were members of the 9/11 community S.
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9/11 Tribute Museum shared the stories of the victims and survivors of 9/11.
Museum co-founder Lee Ielpi dedicated his life to remembering 9/11 after his son Jonathan died while responding to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center as an FDNY firefighter.
“It’s a first-hand knowledge, a first-hand experience for people who come from all over the world to understand what happened here,” Ielpi, who also served as an FDNY firefighter, told FOX 5 in New York. “And again, who better to tell you than those who experienced it, who lived it?”
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The CEO of the 9/11 Tribute Museum cited financial issues related to COVID when announcing the site’s closure.
According to its website, the museum commemorated 9/11 “through the stories of those who lived and experienced the tragic events.”
The memorial offered experiences ranging from “guided tours by family members, survivors and first responders to visual narratives told throughout the exhibits.”
During the history of the museum, more than five million guided visits have been made.
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In 2019, the museum partnered with HBO to produce “What Happened on September 11,” a kid-friendly documentary about the terrorist attack.