National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Lonely Planet review

Plagued by design controversies, budget blowouts and construction delays, the core part of the World Trade Center (WTC) redevelopment – the National September 11 Museum and Memorial – are finally open to the world. Titled Reflecting Absence, the Memorial's two massive reflecting pools are as much a symbol of hope and renewal as they are a tribute to the thousands who lost their lives to terrorism. Beside them stands the state-of-the-art Memorial Museum, a striking, solemn space documenting the events and consequences of that fateful fall day in 2001.