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September 11 Memorial & Museum is a place to remember and learn

A visitor to the National September 11 Memorial arranges flowers on the north pool in September 2016, in New York.
A visitor to the National September 11 Memorial arranges flowers on the north pool in September 2016, in New York. Associated Press, file

Like many others, I lost friends on Sept. 11, 2001. As a museum professional and historian dedicated to the study of objects and their role in culture, I am pleased to highlight the National September 11 Memorial and its new museum that recalls that historic and fateful day.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum are located on eight of the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, New York City.

The memorial, designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, honors the 2,983 people who were killed in the attacks of Feb. 26, 1993 and Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial consists of two reflecting pools formed in the footprints of the original Twin Tower buildings.

Designed by lead architects at Davis Brody Bond of New York City, the National September 11 Museum is sited below ground and displays artifacts linked to the events of 9/11, while telling the stories of loss, compassion and recovery of both the 2001 and 1993 attacks. This museum experience is achieved through displays, multimedia and interactive exhibits.

“The magnitude of the historic importance of the site and its symbolism made it essential for us to find a balance between the collective and the individual experience.,” architect Steven Davis said.

The architectural firm was established in 1952 by Lewis Davis and Samuel Brody and became Davis Brody Bond in 1990. Today, it is one of the leading architectural firms in America.

Over the years, Davis Brody Bond has designed buildings for prestigious universities such as Cornell, Northwestern, Princeton and Columbia. They also designed museum buildings including The Frick Collection and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The museum boasts 110,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring interactive, multimedia displays, personal narratives and impressive monumental and uniquely personal artifacts. The breathtaking “In Memoriam” exhibition remembers the people and reminds visitors of 9/11.

A three-part mainly historical exhibition leads visitors through the background of the attacks, the events of the day and the aftermath.

Museum donations came from people from across the country and around the world, including New York City school children who donated their pennies to the project. I urge you to visit, learn and remember.

Lori Verderame is an antiques appraiser, internationally syndicated columnist and author, and award-winning TV personality who stars on History channel’s “The Curse of Oak Island” and Discovery’s “Auction Kings.” With a Ph.D. from Penn State and experience appraising 20,000 antiques every year, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events to worldwide audiences. Visit or call 888-431-1010.