The 9/11 Tribute Museum located in Lower Manhattan, New York has been forced to close its doors forever after not being able to recover from the financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although they are closing its doors, it will continue to offer support and educational resources online.
CEO and co-founder, Jennifer Adams said, “Financial hardship including lost revenue caused by the pandemic prevents us from generating sufficient funding to continue to operate the physical museum.”
The museum is located on Greenwich Street and was founded by a not-for-profit organisation September 11th Families’ Association. It first started operating back in November 2001 with an aim of providing support and a voice for all those affected by the 9/11 tragedy.
On this #GivingTuesday, your support means more than ever. A donation to the September 11th Families' Association will provide programs for the 9/11 community, students, and will also help to keep the 9/11 Tribute Museum's doors open.
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— 9/11 Tribute Museum (@911TribMuseum) November 30, 2021
The official website reads, “Our mission is to unite the September 11th community, present evolving issues, and share resources for long-term recovery,”
The museum’s purpose wasn’t just to give visitors a better understanding of the attack but to also give the 9/11 community a chance to join together and share experiences.
“Participation in the Tribute volunteer program has had a documented impact on members of the 9/11 community; promoting an enhanced sense of healing, enhanced compassion and appreciation for their place as history keepers.”
Since opening in 2006 the Tribute Museum has welcomed five million people over 16 years.
The bosses did hint they could be closing their door for good soon back in March.
Board member Joan Mastropaolo said, ‘history would be lost’ and ‘the next generation is not going to know what people saw’.