The museum first opened on Liberty Street in 2006 but moved to Greenwich Street — three blocks from the World Trade Center site — in 2017. AP

A Tragedy for America…

Lower Manhattan’s 9/11 Tribute Museum is shutting down, just weeks before 21 years will have passed since the attack in 2001.

The 9/11 Tribute Museum opened in 2006 and offered tours led by volunteers who had lost a family member or were connected in some other way to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The nearly 30,000-square-foot museum is located 3 blocks from the World Trade Center and is a historical site for survivors and those who wish to pay tribute to those who have tragically lost their lives.

The museum will maintain an online presence but the physical location will close.

Many artifacts will head to the New York State Museum in Albany. 9/11 Tribute Museum/Facebook
The museum offered educational programming to school-age children and international tourists alike. 9/11 Tribute Museum/Facebook
Its entry was at the corner of Greenwich and Rector streets. 9/11 Tribute Museum/Facebook
The museum filled some 30,000 square feet. Courtesy of the 9/11 Tribute Museum
With the number of visitors having plummeted in recent years, the museum reached a difficult decision to close. Courtesy of the 9/11 Tribute Museum

The Museum has Struggled to Stay Profitable Since the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Greenwich Street museum, which opened in 2006 nearby on Liberty Street, has struggled to stay profitable since the 2020 onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jennifer Adams, the museum’s co-founder and CEO said that financial problems due to the Covid-19 pandemic determined the museum’s fate despite recent fundraisers.

“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.”

The first half of 2022 had the same number of visitors as the entirety of 2021, but outstanding capital debt combined with still-low visitation required a decision to be made on whether or not the museum remained open.

“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.”

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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 9/11 Tribute Museum had been a stopping point for American and international visitors along the path of visiting the Statue of Liberty before heading to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, right where the Twin Towers once stood. But now, the galleries — visited by more than 5 million people since 2006 — will be disassembled for artifacts to be sent to the New York State Museum in Albany, which will keep the bulk of the collection. (An online presence will serve to keep educational resources and support going.)

Without government intervention, according to Adams-Webb, the museum is unlikely to return.

“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.”

NEVER FORGET?…

The attack in Manhattan on September 11th will never be forgotten, killing more than 3,000 people and affecting millions of families.

Fire and smoke billows from the north tower of New York’s World Trade Center on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/David Karp)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, people run from a cloud of debris from the collapse of a World Trade Center tower in New York. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
A lone firefighter moves through piles of debris at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Two Planes crashed into the upper floors of the World Trade Center towers minutes apart Tuesday morning, collapsing both 110-story buildings. (AP Photo/Graham Morrison)
People run from the collapse of World Trade Center Tower Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 in New York. On that day, Howie Rumberg, working the overnight in AP Sports, came up out of a subway and found himself in the middle of chaos. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, a man coated with dust and debris from the collapse of the World Trade Center south tower coughs near City Hall, in New York. Two decades after the twin towers’ collapse, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to the attacks.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
President Bush, center, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, and New York Governor George Pataki, second from left, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., second from right, and New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Van Essen, right, look toward the fallen buildings during a tour of the World Trade Center, Friday, Sept. 14, 2001 in New York. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
THEN–Pedestrians on Beekman St. flee the area of the collapsed World Trade Center in lower Manhattan following a terrorist attack on the New York landmark Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Deputy U.S. marshal Dominic Guadagnoli helps a women after she was injured in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)
People run from the collapse of World Trade Center Tower Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 in New York. In a horrific sequence of destruction, terrorists hijacked two airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center in a coordinated series of attacks that brought down the twin 110-story towers. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. In a horrific sequence of destruction, terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center causing the twin 110-story towers to collapse. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

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