Tiny “Top 25 USA Museum”…HUGE Impact!
The Ground Zero Museum Workshop (GZMW) was the first Museum created to memorialize the tragedies of 9-11-01. Since it was founded in 2005, before Ground Zero was reconstructed, it resides in the Meatpacking District, and not downtown, where the 9-11 Memorial and future 9-11 Museum are located.
GZMW Founder, Gary Marlon Suson, the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association & Uniformed Fire Officers Association (FDNY), spent over 7 months photographing and documenting the “Recovery” efforts at Ground Zero. Proceeds from the GZMW are shared with six worthwhile and needy FDNY and 9/11 charities. Images from the Museum have been featured on CNN, FOX NEWS, BBC and the New York Times.
The intimate and emotional Museum features stunning images, rare video and artifacts from the Ground Zero Recovery Period and it allows visitors to pick up & hold WTC artifacts. On display are 100 of Gary Suson’s most well-known images, including the charred Genesis 11: Tower of Babylon Bible Page found in the WTC rubble, the Frozen Clock stuck at 10:02am (marking the collapse of the South Tower), and several FDNY Honor Guard images. The actual clock itself is also on display in the museum. While the 9-11 Memorial (downtown, set in the original footprints of the World Trade Centers) are just that – a memorial – the GZMW offers factual history and tells the story of the 9-11-01 herculean “Recovery” efforts demonstrated by all the heroes involved during the days and months afterward.
Though the Museum is small, it offers over 100 stories and guests tend to use up every bit of the allotted 2 hours. The Museum stays away from the actual “Day of 9/11” and focuses on the rarely seen “Recovery Period.” Kid-friendly, GZMW contains no graphic images. “Our Museum is about healing as opposed to re-living the horrible day of September 11” states Gary Suson. “We have children as young as 5-years-old who are fascinated by the stories.” The Museum also hands out free Hershey’s chocolates to it’s guests as a nice touch.
Ground Zero Museum Workshop – NYC Insider Tips
- Visit the Ground Zero Museum Workshop BEFORE you visit the 9/11 Memorial – the GZMW provides invaluable insight to the story of 9-11-01, that you cannot get from the 9-11 Reflecting Pools
- Book your GZMW tickets well in advance
- Allow 2 hours for a complete visit.
- Remember, proceeds from your ticket purchase are shared with six worthwhile and needy FDNY and 9/11 charities.
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Ground Zero Museum Workshop Tickets
Ground Zero Musuem
NY Explorer Pass
GZMW Guided Tours
- 420 West 14th Street, near The High Line Park, Meatpacking District
- Open 7 days per week with multiple 2-hour tours. Reservations highly suggested.
- Tickets are $25 for Adults and $19 for Kids-Seniors. Free admission for immediate family members of 9/11 victims.
- Daily Guided Tours:
Sunday-Monday: 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm;
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm;
Wednesday: 11:00 am;
Saturday: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
- Self-guided audio tours in English, Italian, French & Spanish
- Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day
Ground Zero Museum Workshop Photo Gallery
Ground Zero Museum Workshop Video as seen on CNN