This closing was a long time coming, but it was really no surprise at all. The erasure of 9/11 began years ago. What did anyone expect when the identity, motives, and goals of the enemy were denied, scrubbed, and censored, and those who spoke the truth were branded “haters” and treated as if they were the real enemy. This was a tribute museum to what, exactly? It celebrated the heroism of those who came to help on that day, but it glaringly could not and would not honestly explain what exactly happened and why. The nation still has not come to grips with that, and most of those who know what happened assume that there will be no negative consequences of ignoring and denying what happened, and demonizing those who spoke the truth about it. But those who struck us on 9/11 will strike again, and no one is prepared for that.
by Zachary Kussin, New York Post, August 17, 2022:
Lower Manhattan’s 9/11 Tribute Museum — a nearly 30,000-square-foot space located three blocks from the World Trade Center site — will shut its doors Wednesday afternoon, just weeks shy of the 21st anniversary of the terror attacks.
The Greenwich Street museum, which opened in 2006 nearby on Liberty Street, has struggled to stay afloat since the 2020 onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Two-thirds of our income revenue annually comes from our earned income from admissions,” Jennifer Adams-Webb, co-founder of the museum and the CEO of the September 11th Families’ Association, told The Post. “We were completely closed for six months in 2020. We had been averaging 300,000 visitors a year … and last year we had a total of 26,000 visitors, so it completely annihilated our earned income.”
A destination for education and for community support among survivors and family members of those who died on 9/11, the museum moved to its 92 Greenwich St. location in 2017. The first six months of 2022 saw roughly the same number of visitors as the entirety of 2021, but outstanding capital debt combined with still-low visitation required a difficult decision to be reached.
“There’s no way we’re going to be able to dig out of this at this rate,” said Adams-Webb. “We need the state or the city to step in with other partners to be able to say, ‘We value you. We want to save this organization,’ but at this point, we can’t continue to dig into a hole.”…
“We’re very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, but … the place for the 9/11 community to come is not here,” she said. “It’s a huge loss for those people who called this their second home, where they could come and share their story … There’s no museum that has the dual mission we have to support the community and also educate visitors that come here.”
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