Scramble Underway For Tickets to 9/11 Memorial

07/18/2011 11:13 am ET | Updated Sep 14, 2011

More than 47,000 reservations for the September 11 Memorial, were booked online within the first few days after the ticketing website went live on Monday, July 11, basically selling out the passes available for the first week the Memorial is open to the public.

The Memorial Plaza, which will be open to the public for the first time on September 12, a day after the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks, is a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon.

The 9/11 Memorial in New York will be dedicated on September 11, 2011 in a ceremony for victims' families. 9/11 Victims' family members are invited to visit for information about their unique access provisions. Victims' family members can sign up to receive updates.

Once a pass has been reserved, it should be printed and presented upon arrival at the intersection of Albany and Greenwich Streets in Lower Manhattan.

The reservation system, used by other institutions with similar, limited capacities such as the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument, will help reduce potential wait times and ensure as many people as possible are able to visit. The reservation system is also necessary because construction will continue at the WTC site and along West Street, which is limiting visitor capacity on the Plaza in order to ensure that the visitor experience is safe and meaningful and that special consideration is given to family members who lost loved ones on that terrible day.

Some 1,500 people can be accommodated on the Plaza at any one time, and once inside, visitors can stay as long as they like, but it is anticipated that visits will be about a hour. That means that some 15,000 people can visit each day.

Millions of visitors are expected in the first year of operation.

Visitors holding advance pass reservations will enter the Memorial at a new 9/11 Memorial Welcome Site located at Albany and Greenwich Streets (1 Albany St.).

The 9/11 Memorial is working with the tour and travel industry to facilitate group visits. Group organizers will be able to make reservations by calling the dedicated Group Reservations line or through one of the 9/11 Memorial's Transportation Partners.

The 9/11 Memorial is expected to be open daily throughout the year. Hours are subject to change based on seasons, but are basically 10 am to 8 pm. For current hours, visit

To learn more about The Visitor Experience at the 9/11 Memorial click here

National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Telephone: 212.312.8800
Fax: 212.227.7931
For general inquiries, email:, or visit
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